Sunday, October 15, 2017.
Author: Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day: But when Peter came to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed. Galatians 2:11
LISTEN: Cowardice often triggers insincerity and hypocrisy. Those who are not bold enough to face others resort to fear and insincerity. However, no one is perfect no matter our claim of perfection. Though we may do certain things with a sense of perfection, yet people still see evidences of our imperfection in one way or the other. Truly, we equally have our own mistakes or imperfections. Therefore, we are not to crucify others for their imperfections, rather we are to encourage them to pursue perfection through faith in Christ. We all have our mistakes, but we must work at making our lives conform to the word of God. We should determine to live out the Christian life and not live in pretence or hypocrisy. Apostle Paul was sincere and bold in confronting and correcting the unexpected conduct of Apostle Peter as recorded in our verse of the day.
Despite the position of Apostle Peter as the leader of the early church, Paul gracefully and respectfully confronted him for failing to live up to expectations as a Christian. Our verse of the day says, ” But when Peter came to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed.” (Galatians 2:11). Apostle Paul noticed that Peter was practicing a double standard life concerning the law. Though he (Peter) accepted the Gentiles who have turned to Christ, and even ate with them, but when his fellow Jews from Apostle James visited, he separated himself from the uncircumcised Gentiles despite their faith in Christ. Apostle Paul called him to order and told him that people are justified by faith in Christ, not by the law. He opposed him for attempting to live contrary to the gospel he preaches. Beloved, let us learn to be bold and sincere in addressing inconsistencies and hypocrisy in the lives of fellow Christians. However, because we all make mistakes we should learn to counsel and correct others with grace and save them from the grip of Satan.
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Do not live a hypocritical life, or support hypocrisy, rather, be sincere and bold.
2. Oppose to hypocrisy around you and determine to live by example.
3. If you are guilty of hypocrisy and insincerity repent and return to God.
4. If you must oppose to hypocrisy or insincerity, do it gracefully and respectfully.
Daily Task: Be bold and sincere at all times and gracefully address inconsistencies and hypocrisy in the lives of fellow Christians and others where you can.
Daily Reflection: Those who chose to resist wise counsel by claiming spirituality are merely demonstrating arrogance and ignorance.
Daily Prayer: Blessed Father, I thank you for a day like this. Make me a vessel of glory and honour in your hands. Help me to stand with, and for you at all times, in Jesus’ name, amen
Daily Prophetic Declaration: You will make a difference. Today, I prophesy over your life, may the Lord give you the boldness and courage to speak up for Him wherever you are, in Jesus’ name.
Daily Quote: He that must confront the mistakes of others must do it gracefully and respectfully, knowing that everyone of us make mistakes.
Today In History: October 15, 1987 . The Great Storm of 1987 strikes the UK and Europe during the night of Oct 15-16, killing over 20 people and causing widespread damage.