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.

Friday, April 3, 2015

FORGIVE OTHERS - our LIVES are SHORT

FORGIVE OTHERS - our LIVES are SHORT

April 3 Bible Reading: 2 Samuel Chapters 13-15

"For we will surely die and become like water spilled on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again. Yet God does not take away a life; but He devises means, so that His banished ones are not expelled from Him." (2 Sam 14:14)

Absalom had fled away for Geshur after killing his brother Amnon as a revenge for raping his sister Tamar, and he was there for about three years (2 Sam. 13:34-38). David longed to see Absalom but could not take the step towards forgiving his son (v. 39). David’s army general Joab noted that David was concerned about Absalom (2 Sam. 14:1), so he devised a plan to reunite David and Absalom. He engaged the services of a wise woman from Tekoa who appeared before the king in mourning apparel. When David asked the cause of her grief, she related the sad story that one of her sons had killed another and now the family avengers were seeking the murderer’s life (2 Sam. 14:1–7).

Touched deeply by this poor woman’s plight, David assured her that her surviving son would live under royal protection (14:8–11). She then revealed to David that it was he to whom she referred and that it was he who must forgive the wrongdoings of his estranged son Absalom (14:12–17).

This crafty woman then provided a superb analysis of the brevity of life and the finality of death, representing life as water poured out on the ground. Like water spilled on the ground, what was past (like the death of Amnon) could not be gathered up again, so why dwell on that? Life is too short to be wasted in a prolonged quarrel. She then reminded David of God’s mercies, which caused God to develop means for the restoration of sinners. God does not immediately destroy an offender but devises means by which the sinner might be forgiven and restored!

What we can understand is that we should be aware of our own mortality and the brevity of our lives. We all will die one day, and when we live we should be merciful and compassionate towards others (Matthew 18:32-33). God’s will is to forgive sinners, and as His children we must do the same. We should continually practice forgiveness and thus imitate the ways of God.

God’s forgiveness is complete and we can come into His presence and “see His face” (1 John 1:9–2:2). Like David forgave his son Absalom completely and accepted him back without reservations (2 Sam. 14:33b), we should also forgive and accept people who have offended us. It is then that our Heavenly Father will forgive and accept us completely!

“And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses. But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses” (Mark 11:25-26) 

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