EVERY WORD OF GOD FOR DAILY LIVING BY PASTOR PAUL RIKA:
INTERNATIONAL DIRECTOR Holiness Revival Movement Worldwide
TITLE: LOVE GOD AND YOUR NEIGHBOUR
DATE: THURSDAY JUNE 10, 2021
TEXT: JOSHUA 4: 7-13
KEY VERSE: “Hereby we perceive we the love of God, because He lay down his life for us; we ought to lay our life for our brethren” (1 John 3: 16)
Beloved, God is Love. He gave His only begotten Son to die on the cross of Calvary for the salvation of mankind. The bible says while we are yet sinners. Jesus died for us. This shows that God’s love is an unconditional love, perfect love and Agape Love. There are different kinds of love in the world today. The love we have for somebody because he is one of our family members, relation and friend is good but is not a perfect love. The love that fornicators have for an opposite sex in the name of boyfriend and girlfriend is the carnal love or lust of the flesh. The love you have for somebody because he is kind and good to you is good but is not a perfect love, because it has traits of selfishness. The perfect love is sacrificial, unmerited and unconditional love.
1 Corinthians 13: 4 – 7. “Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.”
To live a life of Christ we are commanded to love God and our fellow men. Love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength. Do not have divided mind in the things of God; in prayer, meditation, reading His word, evangelism and Christian service. You cannot love God while still living in sin, you must be born again and your heart circumcised. The second commandment is like this, to love your neighbour as yourself. Neighbours are not only people living in the same compound, but people we come across either in the school, Church, market, work place or on the streets. Whatsoever is the need of the person, spiritual, physical or material, we are to assist as much as we can. We are to love our enemies by feeding them and praying for them.
Thought for the day: Pray for heart circumcision and a new heart to love.
Song for the day: He loves me I cannot say why (2x), On Calvary’s tree …
Bible reading for the day: 2 Chronicles 32-33; John 18:24-40