Sunday 25th August 2019 Prayer Devotion
Scripture Reading:- John 13:33-38
Topic:- Love Must Sacrifice
Text:- John 13:35
Mr John arrives Church 5mins after Sunday School. Elder Emeka noticed him but didn’t ask till after service. Immediately after the brethren said the grace, he walked up to Mr John and said, “John my brother how far, you came to Church late today and I didn’t even see your kids in Church, what happened?” “Ahhh Elder Emeka it’s well ooo!”
“No no bro John don’t tell me it’s well when it’s not well.” “What happened? Why were you late to Church and your family didn’t even come?”
“Ok Elder, I have serious financial challenges, we didn’t even eat throughout yesterday cos there’s nothing at home.
I left house around 7am trekking to Church, I trekked for 2hrs to arrive here around 9am after the Sunday School.”
After explaining in tears, Elder John held his shoulder and says, “It’s well like you said my brother, the Lord will surely provide.”
He continues his sermon, “There are too many others who once passed through same thing, their situation has changed now, this Government of our Country is very hard my brother.”
He walks away, he has not less than 5000 naira in his pocket… At home they have one bag of rice they just opened and over 45 tubers of yam… They have beverages and they have money saved in the bank… Bro John trekked back home, sweating and hungry to meet his hungry wife and kids… Humn!!!
Brethren the last time I checked, it’s well is not an ingredients for cooking soup… The Lord will provide is not a cup of rice… Jesus will provide can not refill gas cylinder at home… Yet we call ourselves the image of God… We forgot that God who we claim to be his image is love; and love is giving… What will it take you to share what you have with your brethren?
Some of you have kids in Schools that pay Fees in Dollars yet the man sitting close to you in Church can’t even send his kids to a local School in Town.
If only the early Church in Acts of the Apostles will be given the opportunity to watch us for five minutes, they will weep because this is no more the foundation they laid. Our love for money have over shadowed our love for our fellow human.
It seems the part of the Bible which says if you can’t love your brother you see, how can you love God you can’t see has been deleted from our Bibles.
Oh that our hearts will be revived to love and show love again. The number of absent hitherto devotees (even deaths) in Church today would have reduced.
If only we can be like Jesus and stop deceiving ourselves. If only we can show mercy . If only we can SHOW love today and not TELL love. Ponder on these things. God is love and love is giving.
Let us reduce depression
Let us rescue each other. Let us reduce the death of our brethren especially youths who finds it difficult to cope. Don’t ever go to sleep without checking on family and friends, feed somebody today, help someone today, be like Christ, be a real Christian. God bless you is an act of love, show it in action not with your lips.
Youths no matter what happens SUICIDE IS NOT AN OPTION.Talk to someone today. When you see them over excited for nothing, depressed or he or she start keeping to him or herself. Please don’t walk away, he or she has lost it.
By this shall all [men] know that you are My disciples, if you love one another [if you keep on showing love among yourselves]. John 13:35[AMP].
1. Oh Lord God, let Your love consumed me henceforth by fire, in the name of Jesus Christ.
2. Oh Lord God, let me love like You henceforth by fire, in the name of Jesus Christ.
3. I command you spirit of love, manifest in me henceforth by fire, in the name of Jesus Christ.
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