11 But whoever hates another believer is in the darkness, walks in the darkness, and does not know the way to go, because the darkness has brought on blindness.
"Do unto others as others would do unto you” is one of the basic principles of life that we have all learnt as young children in school. As Christians, we are taught to love one another as God has loved us. Family is life’s greatest blessing and as Christians, family is not limited to just the people that are connected to us by our blood but rather, the blood of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. However, many times, we may forget this and become bitter and hateful towards one another. Verse 9 of this passage states, “Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates a brother or sister is still in darkness”. Jesus is our light. With Him, we are able to overcome any mountain, big or small, that may be in our path. We may go to Church everySunday, listen to various sermons at Church or online, and praise Him but what good will come, if we have one or two people in our lives that we just refuse to forgive for a mistake they committed? Yes, we are humans. Yes, we do make errors. We may hold grudges for days, months, years at a time but for reasons that we may no longer even remember. “The true light is already shining” (verse 8), yet we continue to live in darkness. It is so easy to cut someone out of our lives and go on with our day to day life. On Judgement day , we will be judged. Every wrong decision that we made towards another person will be brought to the surface. What will, then, be our response as we stand before the Almighty?
It is important and a privilege to have our religious community as our family. Throughout the wonderful milestones of life, we are taught to raise children in the faith, to grow together with Christ in marriage, and be spiritually wise as we become elders. We are also asked to love one another in the process. We all have goals in life but our primary goal is to be more like God – to show compassion, to stand together in weakness, to love unconditionally. These qualities, with many others, can be found within a family. Family is anyone we consider as family, whether it is personal or a working relationship. It is our duty to bring light toward our loved ones, rather than being blinded by darkness of the world.
Dear Father, help us to realize that you are the light in our lives and help us to keep you as the center of our families. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Family is not limited to just the people that are connected to us by our blood but rather, the blood of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
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Resurrection ExperienceActs 23:1-10 Vinod JohnsonCarmel MTC, Boston,
MA6 When Paul noticed that some were Sadducees and others
were Pharisees, he called out in the council, “Brothers, I am a Pharisee, a son
of Pharisees. I am on trial concerning the hope of the resurrection of the
Sometimes, the only thing that keeps you going through a brutal winter is
the hope for the spring. It may have been a hard hope to hold on to this
particular year in New England - a year in which Boston considered dumping not
tea, but the ever growing mounds of snow into its harbor. And yet, the waist
deep snow has dissolved away. White desolation has given way to increasingly
visible green shoots of spring. A resurrection is at hand!
this passage, Paul tries to defend himself before the Sanhedrin Council. He
seeks to drive a wedge between the Pharisees who believed in resurrection and
the Sadducees who did not; even though neither believed in the resurrection of
Revelation for LiberationActs 27:18-26 Sherine ThomasLong Island MTC, NY 20 When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and no small
tempest raged, all hope of our being saved was at last abandoned.
“After winter comes the summer. After night comes the dawn.
And after every storm, there comes clear open skies” so said a Scottish
clergyman from the 1600s. It’s been said, that hope can sometimes be the most
dangerous weapon. However, it’s sometimes the hardest weapon to carry
when you’re living with the loss of a loved one, something that almost feels
like a terrible nightmare that’ll never go away. It’s a weapon difficult
to carry when day in and day out no one seems to hear or see those tears that
are shed or silent cries that are made during a heartfelt prayer. It’s a
weapon difficult to carry as you see your loved one lying on that hospital bed.
It’s a weapon difficult to carry as you search and seek out answers to
tell a child as to why they’ve been abused, abandoned, and …
Exodus 40:12-16 Bring Aaron and his sons to the entrance to the Tent of
Meeting... wash them with water. Then dress Aaron in the sacred garments,
anoint him and consecrate him so he may serve me as priest (Exodus 40: 12-13). Priesthood
among the people of God was a divine command and initiation. God wanted some
people to be separated for the special ministry among his people. God appointed
Aaron and his descendants to take up this kind of ministry among the people of
God. Priests are always separated and appointed as channels that connect God
with his people. All throughout the history of Israel, priests played an
important role in connecting people with God and to lead and guide them in the
statutes of God. But there are incidents in the Bible where the priests failed
in their duties and that led the people to go away from God. So the priests
have a special and significant ministry to perform in this world among his
people. Two important things from thi…