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Monday, February 19, 2018

Spiritual Digest for the Day 20Feb2018

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me” (Revelation 3:20 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY God will follow you to the ends of the earth to give you another opportunity to surrender your life to Him. How many opportunities has He already given you? Is it not time you stopped running and surrendered your life to Him? - Bob Gass ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Surrender your total life to Jesus Christ now, if you have not done so.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Spiritual Digest for the Day 19Feb2018

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY "Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone" (Colossians 4:6 NIV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY It is essential that we use our words with great wisdom and care. Consider carefully the words you choose. Will they be seasoned with the balm of grace or with the poison of anger? - Bill Crowder ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray that you will always use your words with great wisdom and care.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Spiritual Digest for the Day 18Feb2018

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over. But if he will not listen, take one or two others along, so that 'every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.' If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, treat him as you would a pagan or a tax collector” (Matthew 18:15-17 NIV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY Though you may be right when anyone erred against you, yet, be ready to take the first step to reconcile with the person. If he does not accept his fault, involve somebody that you know he can listen to. Even if he/she does not listen, still forgive him in your heart. - Bayo Afolaranmi ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray for the grace to always take the first step to reconcile with anyone that offends you.

BE READY TO TAKE THE FIRST STEP

Dearly Beloved, BE READY TO TAKE THE FIRST STEP “If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over. But if he will not listen, take one or two others along, so that 'every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.' If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, treat him as you would a pagan or a tax collector” (Matthew 18:15-17 NIV). Jesus Christ gave a formula of reconciliation with an erring brother and, by inference, any other person who sins against us. The first step in the formula is that the one who is erred against should go to the erring person privately and show him his fault. If the erring person accepts his fault, good. If he does not, then, the second step will follow: involving a third party. The third will happen if the second step fails. In this step, the church should be involved. If the third step does not work out, then the last step: regarding the erring person as an unbeliever! In a normal situation, at most, the matter should not go beyond the second step before it is resolved.  Nevertheless, one important aspect of the whole process is that the person that is erred against should be the one that will initiate the whole process. There are many reasons for this. One, the erring person may not know that he has done something wrong. Even if he knows, he may find it difficult to initiate the reconciling process. Two, the person that is erred against will have a grudge against the erring person. This is a sin against God (see Leviticus 19:18). Three, the resentment will be a hindrance to the prayers of the person that is erred against (see Matthew 5:23, 24; 6:14, 15; Mark 11:25). Four, the person that is erred against will not have rest of mind because of the grudge he is having against the erring person, and this may lead to health problems. An experience I had recently confirmed the fourth reason. An elderly man misunderstood me and accused me of disrespecting him. I was offended with the misunderstanding. I initially decided not to reconcile with him because he was the one that misunderstood me. However, I developed that unrest within me. I summoned the courage and approached the man. After initial argument, he reasoned with me and the matter was resolved. Now, both of us do not have any grudge against each other. Has anyone erred against you? Though you are right, be ready to take the first step to reconcile with the person. If he does not accept his fault, involve somebody that you know he can listen to. Even if you take all the steps in the formula of Jesus Christ described above, still forgive him in your heart. Apostle Paul told the Colossians, “Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you” (3:13 NIV). In His service, Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor). Prayer Point: Pray for the grace to always take the first step to reconcile with anyone that offends you.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Spiritual Digest for the Day 17Feb2018

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “Take heed to yourselves. If your brother sins against you, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. And if he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times in a day returns to you, saying, ‘I repent,’ you shall forgive him” (Luke 17:3-4 NKJV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY A wise man will make haste to forgive, because he knows the true value of time, and will not suffer it to pass away in unnecessary pain. - Samuel Johnson ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray for the grace to forgive people that offend you.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Spiritual Digest for the Day 16Feb2018

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “God blesses those people who are merciful. They will be treated with mercy! God blesses those people whose hearts are pure. They will see him! God blesses those people who make peace. They will be called his children!” (Matthew 5:7-9 CEV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY The Christian gospel is a summons to peace, calling for justice beyond anger, mercy beyond justice, forgiveness beyond mercy, love beyond forgiveness. - Wendell Berry ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Help me, O God, to always promote peace and justice wherever I find myself.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Spiritual Digest for the Day 15Feb2018

BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY “Every time I think of you, I thank my God” (Philippians 1:3 CEV). ****************** QUOTE FOR THE DAY In the fellowship of the gospel, there is much to be thankful for, much to celebrate, and many co-laborers whom we can encourage with our gratitude. - Bill Crowder ******************** PRAYER/ACTION FOR THE DAY Pray for the grace to always thank God on behalf of others.