Sunday, February 27, 2022

Daily Devotion: Salt vs. Savorlessness

Bible Reading:  Matthew 5:13 and Mark 9:38-50

Key Verse:  Verse 13 - Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.

Key Words:  Ye are the salt of the earth

Christians are salt: they preserve, they create thirst, and they add flavor.  Religion does none of these things.

Sodium is an extremely active element found naturally only in combined form; it always links itself to another element. Chlorine, on the other hand, is the poisonous gas that gives bleach it offensive odor. When sodium and chlorine are combined, the result is sodium chloride—common table salt—the substance we use to preserve meat and bring out its flavor. Love and truth can be like sodium and chlorine. Love without truth is flighty, sometimes blind, willing to combine with various doctrines. On the other hand, truth by itself can be offensive, sometimes even poisonous. Spoken without love, it can turn people away from the gospel. When truth and love are combined in an individual or a church, however, then we have what Jesus called “the salt of the earth,” and we’re able to preserve and bring out the beauty of our faith.

What to do:
✞ Religion focuses on what it believes to be truth. Christianity focuses on truth and enforces it with love.

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