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26/11/2023 - 27/11/2023 All day

“And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them” ( 1John 4:16).

There is a saying that “you cannot give what you don’t have!” Let’s say you have a pot of tea. One cannot pretend to pour tea from an empty pot. You must make some tea first and then start pouring. At the same time once the tea gets finished and you need to pour some more and fill up empty cups, you need to fill the pot again. Perhaps this might mean making some more tea again, so as to be able to fill the empty cups. You can’t give what you don’t have!

This saying applies to our lives in many ways. Sometimes we may wonder why we see acts of hate all around us. There are homes where children are abused and then we wonder why. Usually the answer is simple. The abuser cannot be expected to share love, which he too, has no experience of.

On occasions you will find stories of babies abandoned in dustbins, the mother eager to move on with her life. What is happening here is that the mother feeling unloved can’t  extend love to this child of her own. You can’t give what you don’t have!

Likewise, in the same vein, Christians can’t share any love unless they are assured that God loves them, first! “We love because he first loved us” ( 1 John 4:19). It is only after knowing and experiencing God’s love, can we go out and love others unconditionally.

Where you find so much hate around us it is because people have no knowledge of the true love of God. They spit hate because that is all there is they know. One cannot give what they don’t have. But pray that all may come to know the true love of God, and from there go on to share His abundant love! “And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God”                   ( Ephesians 3:18-19).

Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I choose love because of your love for me, which I now gladly share that those who do not know you may experience it and come to your saving knowledge, this I pray in Jesus’ 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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