Thursday, December 14, 2017.
Authors: Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day: Above all, keep your love for one another fervent, because love covers a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4 : 8.
LISTEN: Forgiveness is always available where love reigns. Truly, love is the cure for all manner of evil and selfish activities in the world. It is the balm that is fit for calming the hurting and offended. (Luke 17 : 3 – 4). It is the virtue required of us to still live as one even when those we love breaks our hearts. With love, no matter how offended or hurt you might be, you can still forgive for christ’ sake, knowing that God forgave you through Jesus Christ too. (Matthew 6 : 14 – 15). Beloved, are you badly hurt by a friend, and so have sworn not to forgive him or her? Have you been wrongly punished, mistreated or rejected by others? As a result, you have determine to avenge yourself? Have you been betrayed and emotionally wounded by someone you loved so much? As a result, you have vowed to get back at the offender? Never mind! Just allow love to rule in your heart, and God will vindicate you.
Beloved, love heals all wounds, kills all pains and covers multitude of sins. Love is powerful, and more powerful than you think. The Bible says “Love is patient, love is kind, it is not envious. Love does not brag, it is not puffed up. It is not rude, it is not self-serving, it is not easily angered or resentful. It is not glad about injustice, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” (1Cornthians 13 : 4 – 7). Beloved, when you are offended, remember that love produces forgiveness. When someone hurts you badly, rather than respond with same evil, learn to listen to the healing voice of love. When you try love, you will not have any need for revenge because forgiveness would have swallowed up the desire for vengeance. Beloved, remember that love covers a multitude of sins. So let love lead.
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Do not allow the desire for vengeance destroy the power of love in you.
2. Resist the spirit of bitterness and learn to love with the whole of your heart.
3. When you are hurt, do not hurt others in return, rather allow love to reign in your life.
4. When you are offended do not keep grudges, instead, tell it to your offender and let go of it.
Daily Prayer: Everlasting Father, I thank you for your word and a brand new day. Help me to live with others in love, forgiveness and tolerance, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Task:Beloved, no matter the pain or misery you go through, do not think of, or resort to avenging yourself; instead, pour out your heart to God and let Him vindicate you.
Daily Reflection: When you are offended, do not stop loving; for if you keep loving, you will not have any need for vengeance.
Daily Quote: When we forgive we love, and when we love we forgive.
Today In History: December 14, 2012 At Sandy Hook Elementary School, Newtown, Conn., 20 children and six adults are shot to death by a 20-year-old gunman who then commits suicide.
SAY THIS: Today, I confess with my mouth, that I will love, because God is love. I will forgive because I have equally received forgiveness for my sins, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration: You will make a difference. Today, I prophesy to you, may God remove every spirit of vengeance, bitterness, hatred and wrath in you. May love and forgiveness reign in your life, in Jesus ‘ name.