Scripture ~ Matthew 2:3 When Herod the king had heard [these things], he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.
Observation ~ Herod had incomplete information reported by sources that were also working with incomplete information. This troubled not only Herod, but all Jerusalem with him. What a fine example of the trouble that comes with gossip and 'news'! (I've never heard or read a 'news' report that had all the facts simply communicated rather than strategically delivered without a slant - have you?)
Application ~ Continue to keep 'news' as small a part of my intake as possible.
Prayer ~ Father, Let no man deceive me with vain words! (Eph 5:6)
Scripture ~ Matthew 3:8 Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:
Observation ~ How many times have I read this and yet slid right by this verse? If there is repentance, there will be fruit as a result. If there is no evident fruit, is there truly repentance? How many times have I fooled myself?
Application ~ Look carefully for the fruit that follows repentance. If there is none, double check the repentance.
Prayer ~ Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Psalm 51:10
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