“Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.” – Romans 12:9-13
LIGHT FOR NOW: Walking in love is our antidote to offences.
In our previous study where we examined the scenario of John the Baptist in Matthew 11, we deduced that just like John was offended and it was evident in his words, then a believer that dwells in offences and dishonour will find it evident in his thoughts, words and actions. So if you are asking, how do I know or discern when I am living in offence towards brethren in the church of Jesus and the minister of the gospel inclusive? The answer is check your thoughts, words and actions towards others and then you will know when you are living in offence. As believers, we must walk in love. Paul echoed in Ephesians 5 “Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savour” (Matthew 5:1-2). Our response to perceived wrongdoings by our leaders and fellow believers must be love. Hear Paul in chapter 4 verse 2 of Ephesians, it reads “With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love”. Jesus in the synoptic expressly stated that offences will come: “Woe unto the world because of offences! For it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!” (Matthew 18:7). “Then said he unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come!” (Luke 17:1). Hence, as long as there exist human interactions, there will be reasons to get offended, which eventually leads to dishonour if not properly attended to. As believers, one attitude we should have is to walk in love at all times; this cannot be overemphasized. In chapter 4 of verse 31 and 32 of Ephesians, Paul echoes “Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you”. As believers, let us put malice away, put anger away, put gossip away and learn to forgive; it’s our nature to walk in it.
INSTRUCTION: As offsprings of the Father, who demonstrated His love towards us, let us demonstrate our love towards others.
PRAYER: Father I declare by faith that as a child loved by God and with His DNA at work in me, I love others unconditionally just like Jesus loves me unconditionally, in Jesus name, Amen.
QUOTE: Your realities when well appreciated influence your lifestyle here on earth.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: MATTHEW CHAPTER 18; EVENING: 1CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 13