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Matthew 6:13 (31.08.23)

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Matthew 6:13*
…for yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory for ever. Amen.

What does glory mean? It’s one of those words that we instinctively know, but maybe don’t think about. According to Wikipedia, it comes from the Latin word gloria, which means ‘fame’ or ‘renown’, and is used to describe the manifestation of God. In the New Testament, the Greek word is the Greek word used is δόξα, doxa, which means ‘judgment’ or ‘opinion,’ and by extension, ‘good reputation’ or ‘honor’. God’s status is such that we should hold him in the highest esteem, placing him above all others. I find this dynamic interesting. Glory is an active thing, we glorify God through our words and deeds, putting him first, not a passive thing, something we simply acknowledge through our words or assent.

Father you are above all others and above all things, Lord of all. May all my deeds acknowledge you today.

(*This text is found in late New Testament manuscripts and has become the traditional ending to the Lord’s Prayer. Most Bibles include it as a footnote.)
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