Today with Jesus
- Today’s Bible verse
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I don’t give you as the world gives. Don’t let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27)
World talks and talks about peace but usually ends in war, blood and death. Only the enlightened souls can bring peace on earth. All other talks are worthless and should not be taken into account. The solution for strife starts from the soul of each individual. A Chinese proverb - "If there is light in the soul, there will be beauty in the person. If there is beauty in the person, there will be harmony in the house. If there is harmony in the house, there will be order in the nation. If there is order in the nation, there will be peace in the world.” The spirit of Almighty should enlighten the souls of human beings and this is the best bet for peace and prosperity in all realms of life. A single soul lit by the spirit can do wonders in homes, villages, nations, and the world. When the souls are darkened and closed, nothing can be done for peace and we can write the epitaph on the tomb stone of the war-stricken world.
Marackal, a hard working village in Kerala, India, was infected by illicit and licensed petty liquor shops. Night falls witnessed all kinds of anti-social activities in the village centred on arrack shops in each nook and corner. Poverty, fear, quarrel were a common sight in almost all houses in the village. George was one of the drunkards in that dark village. He heard the scripture and changed his mind and life style - stopped drinking and worked hard to maintain his family. The family prospered, children got good education and peace descended on his house. This triggered other families to stop drinking. And a mass movement started to close all the liquor shops, even the licensed ones in their village. Now, almost all the people are living happily and there is peace and prosperity in the village. And those who drink and come to the village are looked down upon. The unity and hospitality of that village is to be appreciated.
“Change your hearts and lives and believe in Good news” (Mark 1:15). Change of life by the spirit of God is the solution for peace. All other attempts are futile.
Prayer : Jesus, enlighten us with your spirit. Please change our old quarrelling sinful life into a new way of sinless life of peace. We pray for those who are struggling to get rid of their bad side. Let your peace be with all. All we ask in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Toronto, Monday, 7th February 2011
- Today with Jesus
“Leave these men alone! Let them go.” (Acts 5:38)
The sign of the Cross on the television tower in Berlin : “The
sign of unbeatable sign of worship,”- Ronald Regan, President of USA in 1987.
Till the passing of
the present earth and heaven, Christ, his Cross and its principles would be
valued and be in proclamation for the salvation of the world. No power on earth
can wipe out the eternal truth of God from the face of this earth. It is always
better not to fight and antagonize Christ and his principles. When Peter and other disciples were put in
jail to be punished by the assembly of Jews, the great respected learned
teacher, Gamaliel, advised them,
"Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will
fail. But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will
only find yourselves fighting against God” -(Acts 5:38&39). It is an universal law for a smooth peaceful
way of co-operative living on earth.
After the second world
war, Berlin was under Communist government. Most of the churches and its
symbols were destroyed to crush the faith in Jesus. To show the power and
strength of atheism and communism, Walter Ulbech, the head of communist
Germany, constructed the tallest television tower in Germany. On top of the
tower is a stainless steel globe in rotation.
As soon as the construction was over,
everyone was shocked to find a shining and glittering sign of a cross on
the globe from top to bottom. The sun's rays shone on the globe from all sides
making the cross to glitter. The
engineers tried all their might to erase it, but in vain. Still it is there to proclaim to the world
that the cross is our salvation.
Conscience question: Are we in a fight against Christ and
his teachings by our actions of projecting and selling ourselves for self-glorification?
Prayer: Jesus, let us be the promoters of your signs
and symbols of your sacrifice on the cross for our salvation and eternity. Let
us not be destroyers, but custodians of your teachings. We pray for all those
who are in the ministry to spread your good news of salvation on the cross. Let
all those who believe in you be in salvation and the fighters against you be in
conversion. All we ask in the name of Jesus. Amen.
16th October 2012