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Today’s Readings Feb. #3 : Matt. 11:20-30; Acts 16:16-40; Psalm 26; Ex. 7-9

Walk in Wisdom – Gleanings from Scripture

1 John 5:3 reads: “For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome.” But the truth is we tend to automatically think of commandments as exactly the opposite – we find them burdensome indeed. So the sweet words of Jesus in today’s portion of Matthew lets us see what He is talking about in a much clearer form. For The Father has no designs to make us slaves, but gives the kinds of commandments that liberate. Here are three of the sweetest commands one could ever hear. First: “Come to me” – In respect to this command, His aim is absolutely beyond question; for He says to “all who labor and are heavy laden” – “I will give you rest.” He commands us to come and rest. I like that command. Second: “Take my yoke upon you.” And is this not just lovely beyond words? The picture is that we are now yoked together in life, and He supplies all the strength we lack. If we put our necks in His yoke with Him, will we not labor together in the best of fields, doing the finest of work, and carried along by the omnipotence of our yoke-fellow? This is a good command indeed! Third: “learn from me.” Find out truth as God knows it – it sets one free. The One who is “gentle and lowly in heart” will teach us know as He knows and live as He lives and this He promises will bring you “rest for your souls.” Those are some commands I can live with. For no sooner do I obey them, then I find out His “yoke is easy, and” His “burden is light.”

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