Today with Jesus
- Today with Jesus
Bible verse: “And may the Lord avenge the wrongs you have done to me, but my hand will not touch you.”(1 Samuel 24:12)
Bullying - Let's take the necessary steps and pray for this to end.
Bullying is a life threatening, degrading and abusing menace to the image of God and humanity as a whole. It should be dealt in accordance with the word of God - love. Love calls for teaching, disciplining, and rewarding with the courage and faith in the Almighty to handle any situation. Parents and peer groups have their own roles to play as Jesus commands. “Train up children in the way he should go; even when he is old, he will not depart from it” - (Proverbs 22:6). Basic fundamentals of life should be taught and practiced in daily life. As the situation warrants, we should confront or flee and turn to God with love. At times the best way is to flee sins and abusive relationships. This golden rule is applicable to the bullies - "So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you" - (Mathew 7:12). If you don’t want to be bullied, then don’t bully others. You want someone to help you if you are being bullied? Then help someone else, don’t be disinterested as a bystander, be a defender. You don’t want to be called names? Then don’t call others names.
Rocco and Butch were the worst bullies in school. Nobody knew what to do about them. Everybody tried to stay out of their way. Holly, a new student and the daughter of a pastor started school in grade 5. The bullies tried to bully her. All her friends left her alone with the warning and went away. Holly gave a big smile and even tried to help them in their weak points. Without giving up, she finally managed to change their outlook. Butch even cried a little for his past bullying victims. Holly explained to her friends how she had handled them alone, “I loved them”. And the Bible says to love your enemies and you know that amazing things happen when you love your enemies.
Prayer : Jesus, we pray for all the victims of bullying. Let their cry be heard in your abode and put an end to bullying in all areas of life. We pray that the bullies be convinced of the pain they inflict on Your image. Let more people like Holly emerge and stand against bullies like Rocco and Butch. Let our homes be the loving centres to train, love and live. All we ask in Jesus' name. Amen.
Monday, 26th March 2012
- 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