“Watch out; beware of the leaven of the Pharisees…” Jesus says. Hypocrisy, pride, love of honor and social status. Ruling with heavy legalistic burdens no one can adhere to.
“…and the leaven of Herod,” Jesus continues. Utter lack of belief; no religious connection; ruling with a heavy hand and violence.
Beware of the leaven. It can come from many roots. Just a little goes an exponentially long way. Just a small amount let in unhindered can change the entire composition. Slowly, but wholly.
We all have it. That thing that we let in. It seems insignificant and harmless. But it has the ability to grow and spread and change us, without us knowing or even seeing it happen.
A small mustard seed size faith in God can move mountains. Likewise, a small leaven of sin can corrupt our entire being.
God, reveal my leaven to me today. Cleanse me of it. Replace any leaven of sin or running in the wrong direction with leaven of Your goodness and character.
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