Matthew: Day 14

Weekly Truth


Today's Text: Matthew 9:13

Scripture is God-breathed and true. When we memorize it, we carry the good news of the gospel of Jesus with us wherever we go.

This week we will memorize a verse from Matthew that powerfully summarizes what Jesus came to do, and why.

“Go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice.’ For I didn’t come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
- Matthew 9:13

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  • Mercy. It’s a powerful word. Loaded with meaning and feeling. I thank God for the Mercy he shows me and I pray I may have abundant mercy for others, especially those who hurt me.

  • Brandie Newman

    my comments proved me wrong sorry guys. I love these reading plans.. it keeps me engaged in the scripture

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  • Diane Pentoney


  • He wants us to be merciful to others so thatvsinners can be saved. Haven’t read it that way before.

  • Forgive others, forgive yourself.

    Progress, not perfection.

    GRACE, not perfection. ♡

  • Essence Jones

    I am really struggling to understand this. It’s such a selfless and accepting concept. He desires mercy…

  • Jenny Walls

    I love this so much! He doesn’t expect us to be perfect….Which is a great reminder that I need to be more forgiving and open hearted to others just as He is to me.

  • Cynthia Johnston

    It is easier to admit I make mistakes than to admit I’m a sinner. I now understand that I sin because I am a sinner not the other way around. Sin is my nature not just what I do or don’t do. Thank You, Jesus, for coming to save sinners! I need You to save me!

  • Ellie Shepherd

    He’s not looking for us to be perfect – he’s looking for us to humbly come before him. Powerful verse.

  • Jessica Terpstra

    Oh, what a Savior!

  • Rachel Marshall

    I wrote this in my bible next to this verse a couple of years ago… “Tax collectors were hated by everyone. But Jesus came for the sinners, for those who were exiled and not wanted by the community.” He came for the sinners….not the saints.

  • And Jesus answered them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.” Luke 5:31-32

    For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice, the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings. Hosea 6:6

    For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” Luke 19:10

    Though formerly I was a blasphemer, persecutor, and insolent opponent. But I received mercy
    because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief, and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the
    faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life. To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen. 1 Timothy 13-17

  • This is a note I have written next to these verses.
    Jesus saw sinners as sick, miserable people in need of a doctor, even though as tax collectors, they were the rich, money-movers of the day. They were sick He had medicine. All the Pharisees saw was a ceremonial porblem of becoming contaminated by eating with sinners. “They were enslaved to the trivial issues of ceremonial cleanness when eternal sickness was about to be healed.” (John Piper)
    My prayer today is that I will see sinners as Jesus did – sick and miserable and in desperate need of healing. I have what they need. I pray for the courage, boldness, and willingness to share what they need – Jesus.
    Be blessed today!

    • Brandi


    • Mari

      Wow your words are a blessing. Praying for you and your husband this morning. Praying for quick physical healing and recovery. Please keep us posted.

  • Churchmouse

    Jesus desires mercy. Whom do I need to forgive today? Lord, make me willing.

    • Victoria Lynch


    • Brandi

      Yes. This. Make me willing!

    • Debbie Lanier

      Jesus tells us in His Word: “…and forgive us our sins, just as we have forgiven those who have sinned against us.” (Matthew 6:12)
      “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.” (Matthew 5:7)
      “…because judgement without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgement.” (James 2:13)
      Thank You LORD, that Mercy triumphs over Judgement! Help us remember to show mercy as You have shown Mercy to us. In Your Merciful Name, Jesus, we pray, Amen.

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