New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors and all your creation, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

"A Liturgy for Morning Prayer," Upper Room Worshipbook

Used by permission from the Book of Common Worship, © 2018 Westminster John Knox Press. All rights reserved. This prayer appears in “A Liturgy for Morning Prayer” in Upper Room Worshipbook.


Today’s Reflection

Some of the questions Jesus asks cut right to the heart of difficulties in our lives. If we decide to let Jesus ask his questions and we resolve to answer them honestly, we’ll be confronted with some ugly truths in our hearts and lives we’d rather not deal with. This is to be expected; any good relationship helps us know ourselves better—including seeing our faults more clearly. When this happens, we must remember to distinguish between the experiences of conviction and condemnation. Though both come from encountering ugly truths about ourselves, conviction often comes from God, but condemnation never comes from God.

—Matthew Croasmun, Let Me Ask You a Question: Conversations with Jesus (Upper Room Books 2018)

Today’s Question

How might hearing the difference between condemnation and conviction help you face and address your faults? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.
—Matthew 11:28 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Lord, help me know the difference between what you ask of me and what the world asks of me.
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  • robert moeller Posted August 14, 2023 5:32 am

    Conviction makes you aware of wrongs to be righted and gives you the opportunity to repent, be forgiven. Condemnation means judgment has been made, you didn’t repent and are not forgiven. Amazing how this question came after yesterday’s post.Thank You, Lord.
    Prayers for wisdom and good decisions by the church council that will bring a new pastor to CCUMC. Our
    lay supply worship leader continues to study. This will lighten her responsibilities and help her continue to make progress.

  • Julie Posted August 14, 2023 9:46 am

    Conviction is a conduit to growth and personal development. It is engagement in a dialogue in order to develop a better understanding of oneself and God. Condemnation shuts down and distances an individual from themselves, others and the Lord.

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