Monday, October 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: Jesus Christ is our example of forgiveness. God forgave us through him even when we were still sinners. (Romans 5 : 8). He forgave and justified us by his blood and adopted us into his eternal family. (Romans 5 : 9 ; Titus 3: 7). To forgive is to cease to feel resentment against an offender: it is to pardon. Truly, 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 one will hurt another. However, we are expected to gain control over our emotions so that we can 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 action. But in the sight of God, no reason is good enough to support your wrong actions. Besides, not to forgive is to disobey God’s commandment – to forgive even your enemies. (Matthew 5 : 43 – 45).
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 want to know, ask your friends, colleagues, spouse, relatives, etc., they will tell you that there are things you do which they do not like. 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 today, and begin to love others with the love of God. Henceforth, never seek revenge, instead, seek reconciliation.
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Be reasonable and learn to tolerate others because others have tolerated you too.
2. Obey God and determine to give up revenge no matter the temptation to do otherwise.
3. Love and learn to forgive others unconditionally just as Christ forgave us.
4. Do not harbour grudges, rather, forgive and learn to get along with others no matter what.
Daily Prayer: Compassionate Father, I thank you for your mercy on my life and the lives of others. Help me to be merciful and forgiving like you, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Task: Because God forgave us unconditionally 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 hurt or offended.
Daily Quote: Love for God and man will push the merciful never to seek revenge, but reconciliation.
Today In History: October 23, 2011. The Libyan National Transition Council declares the Libyan civil war over.
SAY THIS: Today, I renounce the desire to be vindictive. Instead, I accept to be loving, forgiving and forbearing as long as I live, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration: You will make a difference. Today, I prophesy to you, mercy and kindness will follow you. May you give same to others and be blessed in return, in Jesus’ name.