November 5, 2021

THE REAL LOVE - Bro. T. Stephen

My dearly beloved in Christ, 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 John 13:34 “ A new  commandment  I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you also must love one another.” 

From the above context we learn that we should love one another as God has loved us. Christian love for one another is the outward manifestation of the invisible God in our world today. The life that rests, remains and abides in Christ is the one that demonstrates godly love for one another. As God abides in us and His love is perfected in us, we become a channel of His love to each other. God manifests Himself to the world today   through the love we have for one another – but this is only possible if we love Him in truth and Spirit.  May we become channels of blessing that we may pour out the love of God on others.

We see how God intervenes in the life of Esau and helps him to show love to his brother Jacob. Since Jacob had taken all the blessings from Isaac his father Esau was angry with him and wanted to kill him.  But after many years Jacob was returning with all his wives children, cattle and goods to Canaan to see his father Isaac. On hearing the news of his return Esau his eldest brother comes with four   hundred men to meet him. Jacob and Esau’s eventual meeting was according to God’s commandment. God wanted to bring about unity between the two brothers Esau 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. He was a wealthy man of God. He was afraid to meet his brother Esau,  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 Esau’s birth right cunningly and later he had grabbed all the blessings of Esau from his father Isaac. Therefore he was afraid of meeting his brother.

Jacob had stayed with his uncle Laban for twenty long years. Now he was on his way to Canaan, his hometown. He was very scared to meet his brother Esau, who came with four   hundred men. 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 Esau ran to meet Jacob, and embraced him and fell on his neck and kissed him, and they wept. 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.

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. Dear Lord, thank you for teaching us through this message, to love one another as God loves us. Heavenly Father, make us a channel of Your love and blessing to others, and may we rest, remain and abide in You so that Your love may be perfected in us. Lord take away the spirit of separation from our children.  Help us to live in oneness of mind and unity. May we   renew our relationship with others.  Help us to be humble and submissive to each other.    

In Jesus name we pray


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