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Thursday Verse

“The stupid one is reckless and overconfident.”

Proverbs 14:16

There is a deadly disease on the rampage, but some people still don’t seem to take the warnings seriously.

We ought to comply with all that has been asked of us – it is for our protection. We may have a lot of questions and concerns over jobs, education and all sorts of other things. But the restrictions are there to save our lives.

To go around thinking, “I’m be fine, I’m fit, I won’t get ill,” is inviting pain and heartbreak. We ought to think about how our actions will effect not just us and our family – but others too.

I was chatting with a London-based blogger who said that she was sad but convinced that cancelling her plans to travel at Christmas was the right thing to do. She said, “I wasn’t just thinking about the danger to my own mum, I was thinking of everyone else in the train carriage if I had travelled. I don’t want to be responsible for someone else losing their mum.”

How can we expect our Creator’s blessing if we are not showing appreciation for the cost of life?

THURSDAY VERSE

“If, then, you are bringing your gift to the altar and there you remember that your brother has something against you,  leave your gift there in front of the altar, and go away. First make your peace with your brother, and then come back and offer your gift.

– MATTHEW 5:23,24

Making peace, restoring relations, restoring enmity to friendship is essential to having a good relationship with God. If we don’t work a having peace with our brothers, our worship may not be acceptable to God, our Father.

It’s not all about our personal salvation. Firstly and most important is the sanctification of God’s name. He has been slandered and been accused of not having our best interests at heart. God wants his children to get along together. He sees us praying and he sees our brother praying. So he wants his people to be like family.

If we are more concerned with our own vindication than making peace with our brother, what does our Father above of us? At the end of the day, He wants all to be united and at peace.

If there is a genuine reason we make have a cause for complaint against a brother, we approach our brother in private and try to resolve the issue in the spirit of peace.

God is training his people, educating them to form the basis of the new world under his Kingdom rulership.

My Word For 2021

ENDURANCE

Endurance is not just surviving, and it’s not just existing. Endurance is about the way we react to hardship.

Endurance is not complaining and criticising the people who are making decisions to protect us and try to keep us in a job at the same time. A person who endures manifests courage, steadfastness, and patience. 

One reference work explained endurance as “the spirit which can bear things, not simply with resignation, but with blazing hope…the quality which keeps a man on his feet with his face to the wind.

We all want to enjoy life the way we used to – but we have to face that we are in a time of trouble – now is not the time to crumble – it is the time to endure, with blazing hope fuelling our endurance.