Bible Society of South Africa

Light-hearted yet profound – 17 August 2022

By Fanie Richter

Bible text(s)

14I tell you,” said Jesus, “the tax collector, and not the Pharisee, was in the right with God when he went home. For all who make themselves great will be humbled, and all who humble themselves will be made great.”

Luke 18:14GNBOpen in Bible reader

In the parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector (Luke 18:9-14), the latter “went home justified before God” – “light-hearted”. Formerly, the burden and depression in his mind over his sins had a restraining effect on him. But now this man knows that his sins have been forgiven – taken away from him – by God’s love and grace. He was pardoned and the burden of debt was wiped from his heart and mind. He is, therefore, no longer heavy-hearted.

Obedient Christians are light-hearted people, but not frivolous. Frivolity pairs with nonsense, and later breeds downheartedness. It causes you to ‘slip up’ because you behave in a senseless manner and then start doing things wrong way, even doing wrong things, which harm and hurt others and eventually yourself

By listening to God – and understanding and accepting his wisdom, plan, love and grace – you experience the profound – and it provides perspective on the true life, as he intended it. It helps you lay down a sinful lifestyle and burden. And that enlightens you, helps you to see and understand clearly, obey and do things properly – live and experience life as it was meant to be. Profoundly, in God’s plan, you live light-heartedly – you know you are on the right path, strengthened and full of his love and joy, blessed and a blessing for others. It cultivates the meaning of life as well as the peace that surpasses all understanding.

Prayer: Merciful Lord God, let your Spirit take away every bit of guilt from my heart and mind. Please help me to experience your counsel every day and be a blessing to others, glorifying you, in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen

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