Thursday, April 6, 2017.
Author: Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day: Do not forsake your friend and your father’s friend, and do not enter your brother’s house in the day of your disaster; a neighbor nearby is better than a brother far away. Proverbs 27:10
LISTEN: The bible says, ” A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.” (Proverbs 17 : 17). Beloved, friendship is a tie that the wise value highly, hence they do not easily break it. They do not enter into a relationship in a hurry, and so they do not leave it on a bad note either. A friend may hurt you, but better is the hurt done to you by a friend than the kiss of an enemy. I am talking about genuine friend here. A person who will look at you in the face and tell you the truth without pretence. Someone who is willing to be with you when others has given up on you. Someone who is ready to forgive you when you err.
A friend loves in good and bad times. You might call anyone your friend, but a true friend is rare to find, but known by sincere actions and sacrifice. Beloved, you should learn to be a true friend to your friend. A friend who will not only share in a friend’s good times but bad times also. In the same way, as a brother, sister, or member of your family, you should learn to be useful and supportive of your relatives. Not to help your blood relatives in their times of trouble is to mock God who brought you all together. You did not chose your family, but the all-wise God knows why you are there. Do not forget that you are born to help in times of trouble. (Proverbs 17 : 17b).
Beloved, no matter what happens, do not abandon your family, true friend, or your father’s true friend. Remember, he that must have a friend must behave himself friendly. Besides, do not abandon your relatives or visit them only when you are in need and in trouble. Rather show them love and contribute your own quota to the success of the family. It is so sad today that a lot of people who are blessed financially sees members of their families as evil. As a result, they have refused to help them out. Beloved, such is wickedness against God. Have you abandoned your family or relatives? Repent today and assume your responsibility as a friend and brother.
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Do not abandon your family and relatives, rather be there for them for that is why you were born with them.
2. Never abandon your true and proven friends, for they are great assets to you.
3. Do not hurry into a relationship until you are convinced of its genuineness.
4. Do not shy away from your family, rather do what you should do within your powers to ease their burdens.
Daily Task: Know that you did not chose your family, but the all-wise God knows why you are there. You are born to help in times of trouble.
Daily Reflection: A true friend may hurt you, but better is the hurt done to you by a friend than the kiss of an enemy.
Daily Prayer: Blessed Father, I thank you for making me a member of my family. I know it is for a good purpose. Therefore, help me to fulfill your purpose for my life, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration: Today, I prophesy upon your life, that God who created you and others together in your family will empower you to be a source of joy and support to them, in Jesus’ name.
Daily Quote: Not to help your blood relatives in their times of trouble is to mock God who brought you all together through the same bloodline – Bishop Julius Okarike
Today In History: April 6, 1917. The United States declares war on Germany and enters World War I on Allied side.