Sunday, July 23, 2017.
Author: Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day: Bearing with one another and forgiving one another, if someone happens to have a complaint against anyone else. Just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also forgive others. Colosians 3 : 13
LISTEN: To forgive is to cease to feel resentment against an offender: it is to pardon. We cannot stop others from hurting or offending us, but we can choose how to respond to them each time we are offended. At one time or the other someone will hurt another. However, we are expected to learn to gain control over our emotions to be able to honour God with our decisions and actions no matter how we feel. We should learn to forgive others anytime we are hurt or offended. Forgiveness is the solution to virtually all issues and differences existing between us and others. If we can forgive, we can easily get along with others. Beloved, when you cannot forgive, you certainly will find reasons to justify your actions. But in the sight of God, no reason is good enough to support your actions. Besides, not to forgive is to disobey God’s commandment – to forgive even your enemies.
Our Bible verse of the day says, ” Bearing with one another and forgiving one another, if someone happens to have a complaint against anyone else. Just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also forgive others.” (Colosians 3 : 13). To live in harmony with others you should learn to bear with them. That is, tolerate them. That is what the bible says. No doubt, there could be something you do not like in others which is not sinful in itself; you should learn to tolerate them. No one is perfect. If you ask your friends, colleagues, spouse, relatives, etc., they will tell you that there are things you do which they are not comfortable with. Hence, to walk with you they have to tolerate you the same way you should tolerate others. Besides, the bible says that our standard for forgiveness should be based on the one we received from Jesus Christ. That is, we should forgive others unconditionally. Like Jesus Christ, we should forgive them because we first received forgiveness from God through the death of Christ. Beloved, let us give up vengeance, instead, let us love others with the love of God.
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Learn to tolerate others because others often tolerate you too.
2. Determine to give up revenge no matter the temptation to do otherwise.
3. Learn to forgive others unconditionally just as Christ forgave us.
4. Always forgive and learn to get along with others no matter what.
Daily Task: Because God forgave our sins through the sacrificial death of His Son Jesus Christ, in the same way, we should forgive others unconditionally.
Daily Reflection: We cannot stop others from hurting or offending us, but we can choose how to respond to them each time we are offended. Because at one time or the other someone must hurt another.
Daily Prayer: Merciful Father, I thank you for your mercy on my life. Because you are a merciful God, help me to be merciful to others, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration: You will make a difference. Today, I prophesy to you, mercy will follow you, and you will give same to others, in Jesus’ name.
Daily Quote: It is hard to give, but easy to receive forgiveness because ‘man’ is unnecessarily selfish.
Today In History: July 23, 1868. The 14th Amendment is ratified, granting citizenship to African Americans.