EVERY WORD OF GOD FOR DAILY LIVING
BY PASTOR PAUL RIKA
(Int. Director Holiness Revival Movement Worldwide)
FRIDAY, JULY 31, 2020
1 Peter 1:22-23
1 John 3:18 - My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.
God’s kind of love is strange to this world and they are opposed to it. The world is harsh to it, but you must carefully preserve and maintain it. You must fight to keep it. You must train your heart to it. In church, in the family and among ourselves, we are to have the God-kind of love. Many things come to block this kind of love because the enemy does not want it.
You must reconcile with your brother if you want to promote this kind of love. You must clear whatever has blocked your relationship with anyone. Go to him or her and remove the blockage; otherwise, it will reduce your love to pretentious love. You must summon courage to discuss everything over. When a cloud covers the sun, the sun's brightness is dimmed. So it is with the heart of man.
You must clear every blockage because love should be without pretense. Refuse misinterpretation of issues. Do not make assumptions of things that are not clear or not true. When they told the King of Israel that the Syrians fled, their king did not believe them thinking it was a war strategy to capture them, but he was wrong. Refuse reading between the lines, and refuse misinterpreting dreams.
Be careful with hearsay. When you hear, hold yourself and don't conclude in a hurry. Be quick to hear but slow to speak. Many things you read from internet are not true. Avoid gossipers. A talebearer separates close friends. Proverbs 26:20 - Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth. If the information is not verified, it has become a potential blockage to love. The Bible says in
1 Thessalonians 5:21, Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
If Dathan and Abiram had made diligent inquiry, they would not have sunk into hell with Korah. If the mighty men and nobles of Israel had done the same thing, they would not have perished. Even the congregation could not learn from this sad experience. Based on hearsay, all the congregation of Israel murmured against Moses and Aaron saying, “Ye have killed the people of the LORD.” They sided rebels against the anointed of God. They incurred the wrath of God and the plague killed 14,700. Be careful. Let your love be in righteousness.
Thought for the day: Love in truth.
Song for the day: Jesus keep me near the cross, near the precious fountain…..
Bible reading for the day: Psalm 62-64; Romans 1
PASTOR PAUL RIKA