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True religion is radical; it cuts to the root (radix is Latin for root). It moves us beyond our “private I” and into full reality. Jesus seems to be saying in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) that our inner attitudes and states are the real sources of our problems. We need to root out the problems at that level. Jesus says not only that you must not kill, but that you must not even harbour hateful anger. He clearly begins with the necessity of a “pure heart” (Matthew 5:8) and knows that the outer behaviour will follow. Too often we force the outer and the inner remains like a cancer.

continue reading Richard’s devotional at: https://cac.org/category/daily-meditations/2016/05/

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