Scripure for Saturday after Ash Wednesday 2013

21 They went into Capernaum; and immediately on the Sabbath He entered the synagogue and began to teach. 22 They were amazed at His teaching; for He was teaching them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. 23 Just then there was a man in their synagogue with an unclean spirit; and he cried out, 24 saying, “What business do we have with each other, Jesus of Nazareth? Have You come to destroy us? I know who You are—the Holy One of God!” 25 And Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be quiet, and come out of him!” 26 Throwing him into convulsions, the unclean spirit cried out with a loud voice and came out of him. 27 They were all amazed, so that they debated among themselves, saying, “What is this? A new teaching with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey Him.” 28 Immediately the news about Him spread everywhere into all the surrounding district of Galilee. ~ Mark 1:21-28 (NASB)

Lord, the demons as well as the people heard the authority in Jesus’ voice and felt His power. Today, people often think of Jesus’ love and view Him as soft and weak because of His gentleness. Thank You that He is gentle and loving to sinners but strong and powerful against sin. Help me to be gentle and loving to others, and cleanse me of my sin. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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