Tuesday, November 8, 2016.
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : Honor all men, love the brotherhood, fear God, honor the king.-1 Peter 2 : 17
LISTEN : Your primary responsibility to God is to love Him heartily, obey His word and love others as you love yourselve. The bible says, “Jesus said to him, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. The second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22 : 36 – 40). Our greatest duty is to love God. This simply means that, we should gladly surrender our lives to Him. His interest, opinion, decision, will, etc, should supercede ours. When we love Him, we cannot continue to resist Him, His commandment becomes our standard for life; the desire to please Him comsumes us, as a result, the hunger to fear and honour Him becomes pleasurable to us; at that point, we serve Him with no regrets but joy. Beloved, your responsibility to God is to love Him, and you demonstrate that by obeying His commandment. Jesus Christ said to His disciples, “If you love me, you will obey my commandments.”(John 14 : 15). There are consequences for refusing to love and obey God. God will not ignore our disobedience forever, He will certainly visit and reward all our actions. The bible says, “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.(Ecclesiastics 12 : 13). Similarly, the bible book of Romans says, “Therefore, each of us will give an account of himself to God.(Romans 14 : 12).
Beloved, having known that we shall give account of our actions someday, we should live with the fear of God. The fear of God in our lives will translate to love and respect for others. We can never love God and hate our fellow man. When we love God it challenges us to bother ourselves with the wellbeing of others. It is no news today that the society do not have regard for the poor, the needy and the least/less privileged are relegated to the background. There opinions does not count in a meeting. Family members hardly consider them as useful, friends see them as liabilities; they are neglected and often left to die in their misery. Should we join the society to treat them in such inhumane manner? Should such be denied their rights, respect and honour? Of course not! Our verse of the day said, “Honor all men, love the brotherhood, fear God, honor the king.”(1 Peter 2 : 17). What does that mean? It means that we should love and honour everyone unconditional. They may not worth your respect, but you should respect them just the same. You are not doing it for them but for the LORD. His command is clear, “Honour all men.” Besides, as christians we should love members of the church (the brotherhood), and give honour to those in authority in spite of who they are. Beloved, endeavour to fulfill your obligations to God and your fellow man.
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. To serve God with the whole of your heart – your time, talents and treasures.
2. To work for the wellbeing of others and not to plot their downfall and misery.
3. To help others when it is in your power to do so.
4. To pattern your life in a way and manner that it will be beneficial both to God and man.
Daily Task : Always remember that there are consequences for refusing to love and obey God. God will not ignore our disobedience forever, He will certainly visit and reward all our actions.
Daily Reflection : The fear of God in our lives will translate to love and respect for others. We can never love God and hate our fellow man. When we love God it challenges us to bother ourselves with the wellbeing of others…
Prayer :Almighty God, I thank you for your love for all, including me; help me to reciprocate your love and to love others as well, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Prophetic Word : Today, I prophesy over you, your life will be a source of joy and comfort to all in Jesus’ name.