GETTING THE MOST FROM GOD'S WORD:

"Do NOT labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting LIFE..." - The Gospel of John 6:27 (NKJV)
A systematic and daily reading of the Word of God is important in maintaining a strong Christian life. Establish a daily quiet time with God and His Word. Pray that the Holy Spirit will help you understand what you read. By following our daily Bible reading schedule through this blog, you will be able to read the Bible through in a year. Please note that you may utilize the ‘BIBLE READER’ app that is installed at the bottom of this webpage to assist you in reading the specified scripture portion for today.

To get the MOST from God's Word, please do the following intentionally:
1. REQUEST God to connect with you as you read the word of God with FOCUS and OPENNESS to see what God wants to speak with you.
2. READ the selected sections of Scripture slowly as you mark the words and phrases that intrigue you, even reading them the second time to get a better understanding.
3. REFLECT on what God is communicating to you; stopping long enough to let the seed of God's Word take root in your heart.
4. RESPOND to the passage speaking directly to God about what is in your heart, and then look out for ways to live out what you find - individually, and to others within your church and elsewhere.

As you read and meditate, ask yourself the following three questions:
a) What is God speaking to me through this passage?
b) Is there a command, a promise or a warning for me?
c) Is there an example for me to follow?

Please POST your comments below if there is a thought or message that the Lord has spoken to you through the passage that you are reading and meditating today. Please make sure that your post is aligned to the scripture passage mentioned at the header. All comments should pertain to the relevant scripture portions only, and should be aimed to glorify God (the true author of 'The Bible') & edify everyone who visits this blog site daily - both young and old. May God bless you abundantly for encouraging others through your comments!

Let's PRAY...
LORD, give me the desire to take a little time out of my busy schedule today as I read and meditate on Your Word. Give me this day MY DAILY BREAD. Speak to me clearly & lead me today as my Good Shepherd. Help me to be a blessing to others who interact with me as I attempt to be a living witness of Your Word today. In Your Name I pray, AMEN.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

How should CHRISTIANS react to EVIL?

How should CHRISTIANS react to EVIL?

November 18 Bible Reading: Romans Chapters 10-12

“Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, ‘Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,’ says the Lord. Therefore ‘if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.’ Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. (Romans 12:17-21)

Repaying evil for evil is a common practice in this world. However, this delight in vengeance should have no place our lives if we are to be Christ-like. We must resist the tendency to avenge wrongs that are done to us. Vengeance is God’s prerogative, and He will repay at the proper time and in the proper manner (Deut. 32:35). Lenski writes the following on this subject: “God has long ago settled the whole matter about exacting justice from wrongdoers. Not one of them will escape. Perfect justice will be done in every case and will be done perfectly. If any of us interfered, it would be the height of presumption.” 

Actually Christianity goes beyond non-resistance to active benevolence, and attempts to convert enemies by love. “To heap live coals on a person’s head” means to “make him ashamed of his hostility by surprising him with unconventional kindness.” The great African-American scientist, George Washington Carver, once said, “I will never let another man ruin my life by making me hate him.” As a Christian believer he would not allow evil to conquer him!

Evil may tend to make us feel powerless. However, Apostle Paul instructs us that we should ‘hate evil’ (v. 9), ‘not repay evil with evil’ (v. 17) and ‘not be overcome by evil’ (v. 21a). We should instead let the goodness of God shine through our lives, and overcome evil with good just as light overcomes darkness. We can be confident in the providence of God and the certainty of His judgment.

As Christian believers, we must resist the impulse to retaliate but rather we should promote our sanctification by doing good to those who do evil to us. Through this attitude we exhibit our life of transformation before a watching world. This can be done only through the phenomenal power of God’s love in our lives. If we let God have His way, He will even use our enemies to build us and make us more like Christ!

"Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous; not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing." (1 Peter 3:8-9) 

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