"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 LORD will send rain at the proper time from his rich treasury in the heavens and will bless all the work you do. You will lend to many nations, but you will never need to borrow from them” – (Deuteronomy 28:2).
Every now and then one chances upon someone despising the importance of being enterprising. To some being enterprising can be equated to the love of money and it’s pitfalls (1 Tim 6:10). Others see it as being overtly worldly. Yet, far from it, being enterprising is clearly an avenue God has given believers to raise resources for their well-being and promotion of the rich Gospel.
The Bible is full of enterprising characters who were used mightily of God. Abraham was apparently a good rancher that he “become very wealthy in livestock and in silver and gold” (Gen 13:2). Job was hated by Satan who sought to destroy him because “He owned 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 teams of oxen, and 500 female donkeys. He also had many servants. He was, in fact, the richest person in that entire area” (Job 1:3).
The Lord Jesus Christ was born and raised in the house of Joseph, the carpenter (Mathew 13:55). Carpenters do not create works of beauty to donate for free. To prosper they must run sustainable enterprises which pay taxes and make profit. The Apostle Paul would often rely on enterprising people to support him in his ministry. One of his worthy converts “was a woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth. She was a worshiper of God (Acts 16:14).
Though Paul was a law don once he went to the mission field, other than cling to his titles by burdening his hosts he often dabbled in tent making to support himself. In Corinth he teamed up with an amazing couple, Priscilla and Aquila, and “because he was a tentmaker as they were, he stayed and worked with them” (Acts 18:3). This couple run a successful tent making business that enabled them support mission work.
And then of course, there is the noble woman of character, as told in Proverbs 31, who “selects wool and flax and works with eager hands. She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar. She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings.. She sees that her trading is profitable…She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes (vv 13-25).
When the body of believers is filled with such enterprising people it generates resources important to sustain God’s work. Further, the work of God is then supported without being dependent on sources that might compromise the mission, as sometimes we see! Be enterprising!
Prayer for today: Lord father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, you who has given us the gift of enterprise, today I pray to use this gift to take care of my needs and support the expansion of your kingdom on earth, this I pray in Jesus’ Name.