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24/09/2022 03:00 - 25/09/2022 02:00

"There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love" - 1 John 4:18 (NIV).

The expression "walking on eggshells" is used to refer to a situation where one imagines they can tread on eggs without any ever breaking. A certainly impossible task. Eggs are delicate. Try as much as you can one by one the egg will break with a simple false move or misdirected touch.

Sometimes people find themselves in those circumstances where there are like walking on eggshells. Whatever step they take disaster awaits. It is like an attempt to journey through a mine field filled with booby traps. You are lucky to stretch one step out without stepping one, only to be blown up in pieces!

Also, here can be environments or even relationships one finds themselves in which are much like that. You have to tread carefully for fear of what might happen. Every move - a word out of place, an action of some measure - and it is all trouble. Oh poor you: however much you try the inevitable happens. You are already condemned and waiting to be hanged.

What can make a difference though is when such environments or relationships are filled with love. Love overcomes any such fears. I Peter 4:8 says, "Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins"! For where there is love there is forgiveness since, "Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus"' (Romans 8:1).

The environments we create and relationships we have should be filled with love- the opposite of those burdened with fear. When we do so those who live with us are not like treading on eggshells. We do that because this is how we also relate with God. In spite of all our imperfections He loves us and accepts us as we are!

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, help me search myself that all my relationships are filled with love and not fear, which brings us closer to you, 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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