RE Verse reading–Matthew 23 (day five) “Do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach” (vs 3) It will change the tone and the content of our message. It will humble us and make us more compassionate, more desperate for the Holy Spirit’s power. Almost nothing will be more beneficial to the kingdom. We should do what we say others ought to. Before we lead we should follow. Whether the subject is forgiveness, or prayer for our enemies, or observing the Sabbath, before we speak (and after) we should ask ourselves, “Am I doing this?” I think it was Clyde Narramore who paraphrased Proverbs 22:6 with these words, “raise up a child in the way he should go, and every once in a while go there yourself!” The words of Christ remind us of the critical value of integrity and humility. Our lives are not equal to the message, but before we preach we should practice.