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02/07/2023 - 03/07/2023 All day

"Do everything in love” (1 Corinthians 16:14 ).

There was once a young man who was admitted from a village school to an elite college. Once at the top of his class there he met star performers in almost every subject and even more in extracurricular activities where he once used to dominate. The young man hated being eclipsed by all these talented students and after one term he withdrew back to his village school. There he was sure of his number one position. Unfortunately when it came to university admission this school could not secure a first grade and so he missed out. He then wished he had stuck in the elite school. “Maybe there was something good I could have excelled in while there!”

The fate of this young man is perhaps similar to one who compares the gifts God has blessed believers and feels his is at the short end of the stick. Though the gifts blessed believers with are for the building of the church ( 1 Cor 12: 4-6); yet they can also be misused for personal edification creating a toxic atmosphere of unnecessary rivalry.

Such was the situation with the church in Corinth. Against this the Apostle Paul reminded the believers, that actually, everyone had a far much superior gift only that the focus was elsewhere. It was the gift of love. “If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.  If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.  If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing” ( 1 Cor 13:1- 3).

Paul described love “the greatest of these” (vv 13); yet unfortunately, this gift is not promoted as much compared to other more pronounced gifts. And, like, the young man, some have withdrawn their service, because after all they believe are not gifted as much. Yet the beauty here is that when it comes to love every believer has not only been blessed with it but can equally excel. “Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away” ( I Cor 13:8).
Today, if you had withdrawn from Christian service because you felt your gift was not up to someone else, remember you possess the greatest of all gifts: love!

Prayer today: Lord father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, I thank you for the gift of love which you have blessed me with for the building of your Church and so I pray to use it as freely as you have given, in the blessed name of Jesus, I pray!

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    “Vindicate me, my God, and plead my cause against an unfaithful nation. Rescue me from those who are deceitful and wicked” (Psalm 43:1)

    To be vindicated is to be cleared of blame or suspicion. Someone is vindicated when he is eventually proved right or justified. In his reign as King of Israel, David was not short of enemies. One was his very son Absalom who divided his people and mounted a coup that threw him off the throne. After Absalom had raised enough support, “a messenger came to David, saying, “The hearts of the men of Israel are with Absalom.” So David said to all his servants who were with him at Jerusalem, “Arise, and let us flee, or we shall not escape from Absalom..” (1 Samuel 15:13-14).

    Pushed out of power, David longed to be vindicated. His situation is no different from any person who has been mistreated, done poorly and cast out of a position for apparently no fault of his. So often one comes across innocent public servants who have been put on katebe, the local speak for being made redundant. Intrigues being part of life there is never a day that passes without someone somewhere conspiring and scheming against a blameless person. False rumors are spread and before long one is forced out of his job.

    Where do you turn when your enemies are having you for a field day? Quite obvious there are those who give in to bitterness and use the evil ways their enemies exceled in to launch a counter attack. If their enemies bribed their way to power, so they do. If they spread malice, so they embrace. If they sought out occult powers, they arm themselves with these.

    Pushed out of power, David, rather sought the Almighty God. He went “to the top of the mountain, where he worshiped God” ( 2 Samuel 15:32). He prayed that his enemy Absalom would fall pray to his evil devices through foolish counsel, causing him confusion. The Lord answered David’s prayer and his army went to battle with Absalom and defeated him, leading to his death at the hand of David’s General Joab (2 Samuel 18).

    Today, should you be grappling with a situation where you feel done wrong, do not let your enemies have the better part of you, but turn to God, who will vindicate you. “For the LORD will vindicate his people and have compassion on his servants” (Psalm 135:14).

    Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I pray for you to vindicate me in all my affairs, where I have been falsely accused, done poorly, and that glory may go to you, this I pray in Jesus’ name!

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