Pentecost Devotional (25 of 35) by Christopher Harbin

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Forty-Ninth Day after Pentecost:
Series: Pentecost Devotional
Christopher Harbin
Deuteronomy 24:19

''If you forget to bring in a stack of harvested grain, don't go back in the field to get it. Leave it for the poor, including foreigners, orphans, and widows, and the LORD will make you successful in everything you do.'' Deuteronomy 24:19

Justice is not about retribution, punishment, and making people suffer. Justice is about making things right and doing what is right for others. It is about caring and living in real community with those around us. Instead of an individualistic focus on life that excludes the realities others face, justice calls us to pay more attention to the circumstances and needs of those around us. It calls us to trust God for the abundance necessary to be generous, loving, and kind.


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Fiftieth Day after Pentecost:
Series: Pentecost Devotional
Christopher Harbin
Matthew 26:52-53

''But Jesus told him, 'Put your sword away. Anyone who lives by fighting will die by fighting. Don't you know that I could ask my Father, and right away he would send me more than twelve armies of angels?''' Matthew 26:52-53

Peter had not really understood Jesus. None of the disciples had. They had heard Jesus speak of love, grace, and forgiveness, but the message of turning the other cheek had not really impacted them as it should have. A short time before these words in Matthew 26, Jesus had spoken about buying swords, but this response to Peter pulling one out seems to speak once more of just how little they continued to understand Jesus.
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