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Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.” (Philippians 4:5)
Christians should be known for being gentle and considerate – not easily provoked or harsh toward others. This means having forbearance or patience toward others; and these attributes should be evident to everyone who comes in contact with us. Jesus is pleased when we represent Him this way. After all, didn’t Jesus say, “Learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart” (Matthew 11:29)?
Can you imagine how many grand plans would have been made by giant corporations, banks, businesses and individuals for the year 2020? Who would have thought a virus would paralyze the world? Proverbs 19:21 says, “Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” James 4: 13–15. It says, “Now listen, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that, spend a year there, carry on business and make money. ‘Why, you don’t even know what will happen tomorrow. What’s your life? You’re a mist that appears for a while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, ‘If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.’ God’s plan stands firm forever. Nothing can stop God’s purpose from being fulfilled. Isaiah 14:27 says, “For the Lord Almighty has purposed, and who can thwart Him? What comfort! All His plans for us will come to pass.
The Bible says, God gives good gifts and one of the best He offers is the fruit of the womb. God has been so merciful and He handed that child over to us for proper care, nurture, training and leading in the way of the Lord. When we commit our children to God, He promises: “And all your children shall be taught of the LORD; and great shall be the peace of your children.” (Isaiah 54:13). But you need to “Train up the child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6). I pray that the children in your care will walk in the light and live to fulfill glorious destinies God has planned for them.
When we celebrate the Lord’s Supper, we remember what Jesus did for us on the cross. We’re saved, not because of how many verses we’ve read or because we’ve been a good person. We are accepted by God as His children only through the sacrifice of Jesus. As we repent and put our faith in Him, accepting His atonement for our sins, we have forgiveness of sins, eternal life, and access our heavenly Father.
The practice of communion, which the Lord left for the church, also enables every Christian to serve notice to satan, the accuser, that there is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, for we have been redeemed not with perishable things, such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of the Lamb. ( 1 Peter 1:18-19)
Ten lepers met Jesus. They called out, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!” “Go, show yourselves to the priests,” Jesus responds. All ten were healed but, One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked Him. — Luke 17:15-16 “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine?” Jesus asked. “Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” I wonder how thankful the other nine were. Jesus welcomed and praised this man as someone who truly knew how to praise God, even though the man was a Samaritan. We have received so much from the Lord, is our heart overflowing with thanksgiving and gratitude, or are we taking His blessings, His healing, His provision for granted? Let gratitude take root in our heart and life as we praise Jesus for all He has done for us!