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20/05/2022 03:00 - 21/05/2022 02:00

"Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love" - I John 4:7-8 (NIV).

"Why don't you visit your Aunt!" The mother asked her daughter on a call. "She says that she rarely sees you yet she loves you!"

"The reason I rarely visit Aunt is because she is so jugdemental," replied the daughter. "Everytime I visit her I feel she is judging me- my hair, my friends, my decisions..If judging is what she calls love then I don't know!"

There can sometimes be a thin line when it comes to judging and love. Of course there are certain and quite obvious actions which one must judge. When the Pharisees brought to Jesus a woman who had been caught in adultery after rebuking them, he bent down to the woman and declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin" (John 8:11). Clearly, adultery was a life style which the Lord would not condone.

However, there was something about the attitude of the Pharisees who were apparently more eager to judge and condemn the adulterous woman than restore her to grace. They must have been disappointed when Jesus let her off the hook. Paul would clarify the matter better when he later wrote, "Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.." (Romans 8:1).

Going back to the Aunt and the niece is that the relationship has thawed because one feels always condemned. Who of us would be eager to visit someone who seems always quick to find us at fault! But if we know that this person is more interested in showing love to us, than putting us in the right place, one can easily look forward to the visit. It will be uplifting.

As believers other than centering on being judgmental like the Pharisees, the Apostle Peter has advised us, "Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins" (I Peter 4:8)

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I pray that with the help of the Holy Spirit I am more loving than judgmental, for love covers a multitude of wrongs, this I pray in Jesus's name.

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    "The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands” (Acts 17:24)

    When in his missionary journey the Apostle Paul ventured into the city of Athens he was struck by two things. First, the Athenians spent most of the day doing nothing but talking about the latest ideas (Acts 17:21). In spite of that they could not figure out who the great God is and his plan for their salvation.

    Secondly, Paul noticed Athens was filled with temples and statutes all over. In fact he came across one altar marked with an inscription to an “unknown god” (verse 23). The Athenians were a very religious people, searching God but with no idea of his plans for salvation through Jesus.
    The experience of Paul travelling through Athens could be the same with any of us visiting our modern cities. It is easy to find folks arguing about where truth can be found on social media almost all day. And then also one can find temples of all nature rising across the city. This is usually where they have assigned and restricted God as folks go about their lives.

    One thing Paul reminded the Athenians is that in spite of all their great arguments and temples the truth was actually not far from them. “From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundary of their lands. God did this so that they should seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any of us” (Acts 17:27-28).

    Today, you may find yourself in a situation similar to that of the Athenians, where you are searching for the truth, yet it is so close to you. “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me” (Revelation 3:20).

    Prayer for today: Lord Father in heaven, today I pray in the blessed name of Jesus, to know and share the truth of your salvation like Paul did for you are not far from any who truly desires to know you, this I pray in Jesus’ name!

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