Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Mixed motives

Morning: Psalm 45; I Kings 16:23-34; Philippians 1:12-30
Evening: Psalm 47, 48; Mark 16:1-20

We may assume religious people have pure motives. But they fail as often as the rest … religion does not guarantee purity, nor should we expect it to.  Are all policemen suspect because one let you down once?  So don’t be surprised that someone other than Mark invented a new ending to Mark’s Gospel, or that some speak of faith out of envy or ambition.  Not that the ‘good apples’ are without blemish, either!  But it’s still wise to assume the best about people, don’t you think?  And Paul suggests that, often, good things happen in spite of people’s motives.

Graham

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