Thursday, August 6, 2020

Author : Bishop Julius Okarike

Bible Verse : But the one who hates his fellow Christian is in the darkness, walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes. 1John 2:11

THOUGHT OF THE DAY : If there is no love for God, there can be no genuine love for humanity.

LISTEN : You can’t love God and refuse to love humanity. Love for God fuels love for humanity. The truth is, if there is no love for God, there can never be genuine love for humanity. We (believers in Christ Jesus) are God’s chosen generation and should put on the nature of God – Love. My dear, love is the nature of God (1 John 4:8). We can’t walk in love at the same time hate one another. It’s abominable. Besides, we can’t claim to worship God if there’s no love for Him and humanity (1John 4:20,21). Love for humanity, especially those who are of the household of faith (fellow believers in Christ) ) is pleasing to God. We should love others dearly and unconditionally. That is, we should show interest in the well-being of others and make sacrifices for them no matter what. That is the nature of God. God is love and does everything in love. Therefore, since we have received the love of God, we should give same to others. My dear, our claim of piety is in vain if love is missing in our lives. The Bible says,“Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love” (1 John 4:8). This means that, not to love others is not to love God. When you refuse to love others even after receiving Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, then you don’t belong to God. You’re still in the darkness and your eyes are blinded. Beloved, open your eyes to the light of the gospel of truth and you’ll live. Remember, love for God fuels love for humanity. Be wise!

Prayer : Dear Lord, thank you for showing me unconditional love. Help me to love others as long as I live, amen!

Reflection : You can’t love God and refuse to love humanity, because love for God fuels love for humanity.

Quote : “When we love God and hates our fellow men, we have just shown that we never loved God.”

Faith Confession : In Jesus’ name. Today, I acknowledged that love for God fuels love for humanity. Therefore, I will love God and man, amen.

Biblical Fact : Did you know that the wisdom of Solomon attracted kings from all over the world in his time? (1 Kings 4:34).

Today In History : August 6, 1962 Jamaica becomes independent, after 300 years of British rule.

Stunning Fact : Did you know Frogs can lay as many as 4,000 eggs in frogspawn?

A Word Of Blessing : It is well with you. May your love for God and humanity never fail. Receive grace to overcome your fears and worries. In Jesus ‘ name, amen.

Bible Quiz : Who buried Abraham, and where was he buried………….. ?

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