May 28, 2020

REUNITED - Bro. T. Stephen

I greet and bless everyone in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.  The blessed word that God has given you for today is from the book of 1 John 4:12 “If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us.”  

The Bible says, that  God is Spirit, and John tells us that no one has seen God at any time. But the invisible God was made manifested to the world, by His birth, through His only begotten Son Jesus.  Today however the invisible God is manifesting Himself through His Church, and we are called to abide in Him, to rest in Him, to remain in Him and to live holy in Christ Jesus.   When we abide in Him and live godly in Christ Jesus, then the Holy Spirit abides in us and He transforms us into the likeness of the Lord Jesus, and when we remain and abide in Him the love of God is perfected in us. Christian love for one another is the outward manifestation of the invisible God in our world today. As God abides in us and His love is perfected in us. And we become a channel of His love to each other.  Hence the way God manifests Himself to the world today is through the love we have for one another. 

From the above context we learn that God expects that His children love one another and  dwell in unity and harmony. To such people God would command his blessing, even life for evermore. God wanted to bring about unity between the two brothers Easu and Jacob. So He urged Jacob   to return to his home land, to his father’s place. So Jacob having become a wealthy person decided to return to his father’s place, along with his wives, children and cattle. He was on the other side of Jordan. He came to Haran with a staff, but now God had blessed him with two companies. 

Jacob was a wealthy man of God. He was afraid to meet his brother Easu who was beyond Jordan with four hundred men. If he crossed Jordan and went to meet his brother he knew that trouble awaited him. There was a breach between him and his brother. Their enmity lasted for years. Because Jacob had cheated his elder brother twice. Once he had taken away Easu’s birth right cunningly and later he had grabbed all the blessings of Easu from his father Isaac. Therefore he was afraid of meeting his brother. 

Now Jacob was prepared to lose anything in order to renew his relationship with his brother. So he divided the flocks and herds and camels into two companies. He prayed to the Lord to deliver him from the hands of his brother. For he was afraid that he would attack him and his family. He put the maid’s servants and their children in front, Leah and her children behind, and Rachel and Joseph last.  Then Jacob crossed over   before them and bowed himself seven times and he came near his brother. 

But Easu ran ahead and met Jacob  and embraced  him and fell on his neck and kissed him and they wept. Thus God reunited the brothers. Jacob said to  Easu,  “If I have found favour in your eyes, accept this gift from me. For to see your face is like seeing the face of God”   It was a moment of great rejoicing.   This is what God expects of His children. Relationship is so important in one’s life.  You cannot afford to lose relationship for it causes deep pain.  The Bible says, “A brother offended is harder to win than a strong city.”  Therefore remove all bitterness from your heart. In case there is some misunderstanding between you and your siblings then take immediate steps to reunite with them. When you renew your relationship with your siblings and dwell in unity then God will bless you abundantly from heaven.

 Prayer: Our loving heavenly Father,  we thank You for this blessed day.  Lord  take away the spirit of separation from us. Help us to live in oneness of mind and unity. Renew relationship between parents and   children   husband  and  wife, and   among siblings. Help us  to be  humble  and submissive to each other. And teach us to love one another as God loved us.  

 Jesus name we pray,

  Amen.

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