Church of England Diocese of Canterbury Benenden

Daily Scripture & Reflection

14 Jan 2021, 9:45 a.m.
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Daily Scripture:

‘Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord, or who can rise up in his holy place?’ - ‘Those who have clean hands and a pure heart, who have not lifted up their soul to an idol, nor sworn an oath to a lie.’ (Psalm 14.3-4)

Daily Reflection:

We’re living with graphic illustrations of the destructive force of lies and crazed conspiracy theories. There must be myriad reasons why untruths can be more attractive than the truth, and none of us is likely to feel able to put a clean hand on heart and claim never to have chosen a lie, never to have been tempted down the wrong path. The Psalmist sets it out starkly – to approach the Lord, we need clean hands and a pure heart. Jesus did not compromise on this, just as he did not compromise himself, and yet at the same time in his life and in his martyrdom opened his arms to welcome anyone who wanted to restore integrity, follow the truth and find healing. If we confess, he will forgive us…

David Harmsworth