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Guard against self-interest

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Jesus – “Salvation is found in no one else . . .
Acts  4: 1–12
 
For the Sadducees life after death was a revolutionary and subversive idea that threatened their position.  Their difficulty was that, “People who believe that their God is about to make a new world, and that those who die in loyalty to him in the meantime will rise again and share gloriously in it, are far more likely to lose respect for a wealthy aristocracy than people who think that this life, this world and this age are the only ones there will ever be . . .” (Tom Wright, The Resurrection of the Son of God).
 
The Sadducees held much power; their interest was not in the word of God, but in the maintenance of the status quo, because this was of most benefit to them.  The Sadducees wanted to preserve their own interests.
 
To guard against the same temptation, we can harness the power of prayer.  Perfect prayer is all love.  The key to protecting ourselves from becoming like the Sadducees is to avoid self-interest in the first place, to focus our attention on love.
 
Oh my God, I love you above all things, with my whole heart and soul, because you are all good and worthy of all my love.  I seek to love my neighbour as myself for the love of you.  I forgive all who have injured me and I ask pardon for all whom I have injured.  Amen.
 
Chris
 
 
 
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