Pastoral 2013

Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 09 June 2013

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“One Anotherness”
Three devotions taken from “My Soul’s Delight Vol. 1”,
written by Pastor Koshy and illustrated by Melissa Neo.

ROMANS 12:10
Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another

God expects all His children to love others. Those who genuinely love others will also show kindness and respect to them.

We must love others as God has loved us. So think about the great love that God has shown us. Because God loved us, He gave His Son to be our Saviour. Because Jesus loved us, He died for us to take away our sins and punishment. O how kind, generous and sacrificial our loving God is!

If we love others the way God loves us, we can bring joy and peace to them. But if we fail to love, there will be rudeness and disrespectful attitude, causing quarrels, fightings and hurts.

Love will motivate us to be kind and helpful to others. Love will encourage us to greet others, and appreciate what they do for us. Love will also teach us to share our blessings with others.

Let us pray that God will fill our hearts with His love that we may become a blessing rather than a burden.

 

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GALATIANS 6:2
Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.

Fulfilling the law of Christ must be every Christian’s delight. Jesus said, “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another” (John 13:34). The Lord Jesus Christ instructs all His people to love one another, as He has loved us.

Love is not just a sympathetic feeling expressed in words. It is more than just saying, “I love you.” True love will express itself in action. The Apostle John said, “My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth” (1 John 3:18).

If we love others, we must help to bear their burdens in life. When we were under the burden of our sin and guilt, Jesus took them all away by suffering and dying for us on the cross. What a loving Saviour is our Lord Jesus! Likewise we should also help to bear others’ burdens

Look around you, you will see many who are struggling. Diseases and other bodily afflictions, financial needs, sad and troubling events are some of the burdens in people’s lives. Let us pray for them. Let us help them according to our abilities.

 

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1 PETER 4:9
Use hospitality one to another without grudging.

Hospitality is showing God’s love to others in our home setting. It is receiving others to our home and attending to their needs and comfort. It is a wonderful way to encourage others to walk in God’s goodness.

We must not hesitate to extend hospitality to one another. “Use hospitality one to another,” says the Bible. We must have a happy determination to kindly receive others into our homes.

If our homes are to be a place for receiving and entertaining others, everyone in the house must play his part. We must keep it neat and tidy. We must make our friends feel welcome. We must greet them and talk courteously to them. We must patiently chat with them, to cheer and encourage. We must also share our joy by serving them with food and drinks.

By showing hospitality, we can reach out to unbelieving relatives and friends with the Gospel of Christ. We can also minister to believers if we open our homes for fellowship, prayer, Bible studies, etc. By being hospitable, we have an opportunity to use our homes for the Lord’s glory.