The only master that matters

September 18, 2016 | Give Us This Day, prayer

My reflection from Give Us This Day today:

Truth and trust. I’m guessing that for most of us these two words stir up powerful emotions, whether close to the surface of our souls or buried deep within. Perhaps we still feel the sting of a trust that was betrayed, a truth that was twisted, leaving us devastated and permanently scarred. Or perhaps, just as painful but in a completely different way, we were on the other side of the equation, bringing damage and destruction to a relationship or even our own inner peace because of a sin or a weakness that caused us to choose omission over honesty, betrayal over loyalty, lies over truth.

“No one can serve two masters. He will either hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other.” Jesus says this knowing full well how often we will choose badly in matters big and small, opting to protect our own egos and ideas, offenses and indiscretions out of comfort or convenience or fear, even at the expense of someone else’s peace and happiness.

How do we restore trust and repair the wounds we bear on our own hearts or have left imprinted on the heart of another? Can we choose to live in the light despite the darkness of past sins, the ghosts that force us to live in shadows? Jesus says we can, but only when we turn our lives and hearts over to him and follow the way of truth, the way of the only Master that should matter.

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