February 19, 2023
Leviticus 19:1-2, 17-18
Psalm 103:1-4, 8, 10, 12-13
1 Corinthians 3:16-23
“You shall not bear hatred for your brother or sister in your heart. Though you may have to reprove your fellow citizen, do not incur sin because of him. Take no revenge and cherish no grudge against any of your people. You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
I am the LORD.”
-God (Leviticus 17-18)
God tells us to “be holy” as He is and Jesus echoes that by telling us to “be perfect.” Is Jesus upping the requirement? No, because if we were to be holy as God is holy, we would, indeed, be perfect. Either way, we must heed the commands of God and follow the path of Jesus.
I am active on social media. It is amazing how much “reproving” there is on these mediums. However, from my vantage point very little of it is actual correction. Most of it comes across as self-righteous and boastful. Far from perfect, it seems. We need to heed God’s words that we should not sin, take revenge, or cherish a grudge. We are called to love. That’s our goal. That’s our command. Doing elsewise is sin.
My Lord God, how often I fall short, especially in my attempt to correct another. I must approach others with love first (and last) instead of criticism. Please forgive me, Father, and help me be holy as You are holy. Amen
One thought on “Sunday readings reflection: Be holy, even in correction”
I completely agree with you. Everyone has an opinion about what someone else is doing or saying and it is usually not at all helpful, but just being judgmental and critical. Which then makes it hurtful and not helpful.