Thursday, March 8, 2018
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loves is born of God, and knows God. 1 John 4 : 7
LISTEN : Beloved, when last did you say from your heart to someone, “I love you?” When was the last time you show sincere love to someone not minding who he or she was? I know it is easier to show love to someone you know than a person you don’t know. That is why we love like humans, but God wants us to love like Himself. He wants us to love unconditionally. He wants us to love with good and pure motives. He wants us to love others with the kind of love He showered on us, even when we were sinners Christ died for us. (Romans 5 : 8). Do you know that love is of God and God is Love? Do you also know that a life without love simply demonstrates “a life without God?” We cannot claim to love God when we don’t love one another. Believers in Christ should love one another like the early church did, and allow their love to spread to their neighbourhood and the world at large. (Acts 2 : 44 – 47). We cannot be any different from the world if we love just like them. We should love heartily and unconditionally because we know God.
Beloved, not to love is to deny our claims of piety. If the power of love must be felt in the world, we (believers in Christ) should trigger it. A man summoned his family on a certain day and said to them, “Always love one another whether I am alive or dead; and love others too because God loves them.” But before he could end his speech, a blind begger walked into his house asking for alms. Immediately, he ordered his youngest son to chase him away from the house. His son looked at him with disappointment and said,” Daddy, what lessons can we learn from this act of yours?” The man was ashamed of himself and quietly went out to attend to the need of the begger and the begger left smiling. Subsequently, his eldest son asked, “Daddy, which of these two acts of yours should we follow?” The man replied, “Follow what I did that made him smiled.” Friend, in the same way, let us love and care for one another.
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Learn to love and care for others and do not be self-centered.
2. Do not refuse to help others when it is in your power to do so.
3. Always refuse the temptation to be selfish and unfair to others.
4. Determine to be a living example of genuine love to others both far and near.
Daily Prayer : Blessed and loving Father, I thank you today because you love me dearly. Help me to love others from a sincere heart as long as I live, in Jesus ‘name, amen.
Daily Task : Beloved, God wants us to love unconditionally with good and pure motives. He wants us to love others with the kind of love He showered on us through Jesus.
Daily Reflection : We cannot be any different from the world if we love just like them. We should love heartily and unconditionally because we know God.
Daily Quote : “Not to love is to deny our claims to piety; and if the power of love must be felt in the world, we believers should trigger it.”
Today In History : March 8, 1790 George Washington delivers the first State of the Union address.
Say This : Today, I confess that God is caring and loving. He loves me and therefore commanded I should love others. Henceforth, I will love others and show them how good God is, in Jesus ‘ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration : You will make a difference. Today I prophesy to you, may God shower His love on you. As you receive the favour of God, may you be a blessing to others, in Jesus ‘ name.
Stunning Fact : Did you know hummingbirds are the only bird that can fly backwards?
(Only For Those who are Yet to Acknowledge Jesus Christ As Lord And Saviour)
Please Say This Prayer:
Almighty God, I thank you for this opportunity. I know I am a sinner, and I cannot help myself. Forgive my sin and accept me as your own. Today, I acknowledge Jesus Christ as my Lord and personal Saviour. The evil I used to do, I will do them no more. Henceforth, I offer myself as instrument of righteousness to you. Thank you because I am born again, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Praise God! You Are Now Born Again
THEN DO THE FOLLOWING THINGS:
> Having been saved, look for a Bible believing church and fellowship with the brethren to sustain your faith.
> Read the Bible and meditate in the word of God on a daily basis.
> Pray daily and dedicate yourself to the LORD’s service.
GOD BLESS YOU