BE MERCIFUL AND COMPASSIONATE

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Author: Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day: Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell into the hands of robbers, who stripped him, beat him up, and went off, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road, but when he saw the injured man he passed by on the other side. Luke 10 30 – 31

LISTEN: In response to the question asked by an expert in law to Jesus Christ on whom his neighbour is; Jesus gave a parable of one (a Jew) travelling from Jerusalem to Jericho, who fell into the hands of robbers, who stripped him, beat him up, and went there way, leaving him to die. Three different persons traveled down the same road the man was, namely: a priest, a levite, and a Samaritan. Sadly, both the priest and the levite left him to die, but a Samaritan who look more like an enemy took pity on him and did everything possible to save his life. (Luke 10 : 33 – 35). Many of us today are like the priest and the levite. We claim to know God but our actions are contrary to our faith. Jesus Christ thought us to love others, but we, out of selfishness have chosen a different path that clearly negates our claim of piety. Beloved, God is not looking for churchgoers, but for those who will worship Him in spirit and truth. (John 4 : 24).

As a Christian, when you see someone in need, do you just walk away and doing nothing? Do you groan inside and yet disappear to God knows where? Do you secretly walk a different path like the priest and levite? Beloved, being a christian we are responsible to help people in need. We should not turn and cross to the other side of the road like these unfaithful servants of God in our bible verse of the day. (Luke 10 : 31 – 32). We are the hands with which God can help others on earth. Let us begin to get involved in this acts of love and compassion. That makes the difference between us and the ungodly. Christ died to make us look more like Him. What He was to the world we should become and live out His life on earth. Because He went everywhere doing good, we should go everywhere doing same. Beloved, without Jesus at the center of our lives we are empty and lacks purpose.

Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Do not close your eyes to the needs of others, rather help because you are a child of God.
2. Worship God in spirit and truth and not as you like.
3. Let your actions always agree with your christian profession, and prove that you belong to God.
4. Be generous, merciful and compassionate to others for your reward will not fail.

Daily Prayer: Heavenly Father, You are merciful and compassionate. Therefore, help me to be merciful and compassionate to others as long as I live, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Daily Task: Beloved, always remember that without Jesus at the center of our lives we are empty and lacks purpose.

Daily Reflection: Christ died to make us look more like Him. What He was to the world we should become and live out His life on earth.

Daily Quote: God is not looking for churchgoers, but those who will worship Him in spirit and truth.

Today In History: February 3, 1690 The first paper money in America is issued in the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

Say This: Today, I confess that God is kind, merciful and compassionate to all. Therefore, I will do likewise to others as long as I live, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Daily Prophetic Declaration: You will make a difference. Today, I prophesy to you, may you be merciful and compassionate to others. May God help you to live in line with His will as long as you live, in Jesus’ name.

Stunning Fact: Did you know Bill Gates began programming computers at the age of 13?

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