CELEBRATE THEM WHILE ALIVE!
Romans 12:9-21 (10) – Be devoted to one another in love. Honour one another above yourselves. (NIV)
The past weeks witnessed shocking news of some famous gospel ministers who slept in the Lord. Till now, the media has been awash with their eulogies. However, it appears that when people are alive, they are less appreciated but more honoured in death. Bishop David Oyedepo once said that in our continent, leaders are celebrated only after their demise. He then described it as a critical matter that needs to be corrected.
The temporal nature of our existence should encourage us to appreciate one another every time we still have to share because tomorrow can be too late (Ephesians 4:32). Apostle Paul, in today’s Bible reading, also admonishes us to love and honour others. Indeed, we ought to always acknowledge the good in others, commending them and giving glory to God (Hebrews 13:15-16).
Do not join the carnal, talkers and mockers to pull down your fellow human, organisation, government or the Church. In fact, how often do you show your neighbours, friends and colleagues that you value them? When last did you pray for your spouse and children? Those men and women of God! Do you honour and bless them? Do you appreciate and take care of your parents in sincere love? Have you spent time interceding, giving and preaching to the lost? Because a simple appreciation goes a long way in encouraging the soul (John 13:34-35).
Beloved, more importantly, have you heartily said thank you to Jesus today? You cannot care for the brethren when the love of God is not in you (1 John 4:20). Therefore, deliberately show kindness to people (Proverbs 25:21-22). Appreciate them more before they are gone! In doing this, you are living the nature of God while freeing up your conscience and energising your spirit.
Hymn: He Leadeth Me — Joseph H. Gilmore (1862)
1. Father, help me to love others and bless them while they are breathing!
1. Thank God for your journey hitherto.
2. Reflect, repent and make a list of people you have not been honouring as you should. Then, start appreciating them!
3. Pray for a large heart and resources, where necessary.
GRACE IS SPEAKING FOR YOU!
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