March 8, 2023

Blessed Daughter - Bro. T. Stephen

My dearly beloved brothers and sisters in Christ, I greet and bless you all in the Name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. The auspicious word of God that comes to you for today, is taken from the book of Ruth 3: 11, “ And now, my daughter, don’t be afraid. I will do for you all you ask”.
The word of God tells that Ruth a Moabites woman walked uprightly and hence was blessed.
“The Lord bless you, my daughter,” he replied. “This kindness is greater than that which you showed earlier: You have not run after the younger men, whether rich or poor. And now, my daughter, don’t be afraid. I will do for you all you ask. All the people of my town know that you are a woman of noble character”.
In the above verses , Boaz appreciates Ruth as she did not go after rich young men instead she sought Boaz for her refuge. So He promised to do everything for her. Boaz calls her “Blessed are you of the Lord my daughter.”Even though Ruth was a young Moabites woman, a forsaken widow, he did not despise her or underestimate her in any way instead he called her “Blessed daughter.” God recognized her uprightness and therefore blessed her.
God blessed her with a good life partner. He gave Boaz a wealthy man as her husband and she brought forth Obed, who became the restorer of life. Thus the Lord blessed the latter days of Ruth than her beginning. She was a woman with a difference. She clung to her mother in law Naomi and refused to return to her people. She chose to live with her mother in law, in her land with her people. Therefore God blessed her abundantly as promised in Psalm 84:11, He was the sun and shield to her. He did not with hold any good thing from her. He was compassionate and merciful to her. Ezekiel 36:11 says “I will do better for you than at your beginnings. God fulfilled this promise in the life of Ruth.
She had integrity and wasn’t afraid of working hard. Most importantly, she trusted her life to God, even in the midst of the great pain she was experiencing. She received respect, honor, and blessings for the way she lived her life.
Prayer. Our Loving Father, Bless my children to be like Ruth and inherit her character. Give them a heart to love and respect their dear ones for what they are, irrespective of caste or creed or colour. May they be virtuous and blameless before God in all their walks of life so as to receive the blessings of God. We ask you in Jesus name. Amen.

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