02 Jul Hop Out of the Pot (Psalm 50:18) by Dr. Rich Reich
“If you see a thief, you run with him; with adulterers you throw in your lot.” ~ Psalm 50:18 (full readings)
Rich’s Reflections: Today’s selected Psalm speaks to the hypocrite; those who profess the Word of God, but then allow themselves to be badly influenced by immersing themselves in sin. Do not be like the proverbial frog in a pot of boiling water. If you throw a frog into a pot of boiling water, it will jump out. However, if you place a frog in a pot of warm water and gradually turn up the heat, it will very happily boil to death. Do not be complacent. Do not allow yourself to be influenced by things that oppose our Christian identity. Be aware of a culture that normalizes perversities (abortion, pornography, adultery) and threatens the core and fundamental unit of human society, the family. These bad influences may be as subtle as the increasing water temperature of the frog soup, and through continuous exposure we can become blind to their harmful effects. Do not be permissive of sinners, but repent of your affection for sin. Lord, give courage to Christians to speak out against sin. Amen.
* Dr. Rich Reich is the co-founder of the LIFE Group Devotions and the National LIFE Runners Team. He is married to Erica and lives in Satellite Beach, FL. Full bio.
Faith Challenge: Have the courage to hop out of the boiling pot and speak against things that oppose the teachings of Christ.
Our Prayers: Prayer to end abortion, Spiritual Adoption, Alpha Center, Peters family (JP). AddPrayers on our website. Pray with meals, bedtime, wake up, LIFE Runners, etc. Consider mid-week Family Rosary (17 min). Let’s pray now.
Feast Day: St. Bernardino Realino
Faith Quote: “We sinned for no reason but an incomprehensible lack of love, and He saved us for no reason but an incomprehensible excess of love.” – Peter Kreeft
* Evangelize: Make room for unbelievers & re-evangelization of self, by way of prayer (relationship) and following Christ’s example of love (service/sacrifice/mercy). Mt 28:19.