Meditation

Meditation for 07/24/2019

“Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: ‘It is mine to avenge,’ I will repay,’ says the Lord. On the contrary: ‘If you enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.’” (Romans 12:19-20)

Beloved we should leave vindication and punishment to God. In living the Christian life, peace is our goal, not justice, as we deal with our enemies. Seeking peace may involve submission to political authorities whose views sand in start contrast to our own.

Compassionate ministry to the hungry should included even enemies. Such compassionate care may cause them to repent and change their ways. Disciples do not set up qualifications people must meet to deserve our ministry We find people in need and show them Christ’s love, no matter what. Clear?

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Abba, help us to always reach out toward others in Christ’s love, that in so doing, they might seek to know our Lord and come to Him. It is easy to show Christ’s love to those we care about and love. It is another thing for us to do the same, for those we do not care for or like, but Abba, You have not given us that option. Therefore, we seek Your Spirit to be able to love the unlovable as well as to those we love and live with. It is in Jesus name we pray. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

Instead of looking where someone has been—-try looking at how far they’ve come!”

KNOWING GOD:

“For as you eat, each of you goes ahead without waiting for anybody else. One remains hungry, another gets drunk. Don’t you have homes to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of God and humiliate those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I praise you for this? Certainly not!” (1st Corinthians 11:21-22)

Division of goods, not division in rival parties, characterizes disciples. We share with the needy. The church in Corinth was divided into groups of privileged and underprivileged. When they met to eat their potluck feasts some had more than was needed; others had little to eat and were humiliated for one another revealed their discipleship was lacking even as they prepared for the sacred worship experience of he Lord’s Supper. Paul had no praise for them. Their love for one another should have caused them to share.

I AM:

Discipleship, Hungry: (Luke 9:12-17)

These verses recount the feeding of the five thousand, by Jesus. He was moved with compassion when He saw the hungry, and He met their need. The hungry do not need our pity, beloved, they need something to eat! They need our compassion and our commitment to act to meet their needs. The hungry masses of our world long for someone to show unselfish compassion. Missionaries are learning to assist hungry people in producing food. Water resources are being developed and food production increased through irrigation. Churches should continue to support such ministries to prevent future crises as well as meet present needs. More importantly, churches are coming out of their shells, so to speak, and are working together to provide food, healthcare, resources, and even housing, by not worrying about if their church is getting “credit” for their efforts, but that the needs are being met. This is a huge step forward and it is being accomplished by not worrying about those things that are different between churches and focusing on what we have in common, the love of Christ Jesus.

Second Thought of the Day:

“He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty.” (Luke 1:53)

This statement comes directly out of “Mary’s Song.” Mary spoke prophetically through her son of he blessings under the reign of her So. The poor will be lifted up, and the hungry will be satisfied with good things. Jesus lived out this type of ministry. Christ’s disciples follow His example in meeting the needs of he poor and hungry.

Jesus announced that His ministry would meet every human need and would fulfill the prophecy of Isaiah. Did you notice is does not say, “Jesus will meet every human need personally?” His ministry will meet the needs and you and I, beloved, are a part of the ministry of Jesus Christ. God works where people are ready for His action. Those who serve God through Jesus Christ, become the fulfillment of the ministry that Jesus began and then He turned it over to all of us. Are you part of His ministry? Are you working to meet the needs of every human? If not, why not???

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