Today with Jesus
- Today with Jesus
Bible verse: “Good” Naomi exclaimed.” (Ruth 2:22)
Effectiveness of a nice word.
Human beings are inclined to learn more words of harshness than gentleness. Most of us hardly say a nice word to our family members, friends and relatives for their unsung silent and sacrificing help and in the process, we are creating our own hell around us. Mother-in-law, Naomi’s word, “GOOD”, was the protection for Ruth, the young widow to withstand all the tribulations she had faced in her life, and to lead a successful life. Just like Naomi, let our in-laws, parents, spouses, children, bosses, friends, priests and hierarchies learn from the mouth of Jesus as to how to, when and where to open our mouths – only for edification of love. ”A gentle answer deflates anger, but harsh words make tempers flare” - (Proverbs 15:1).
Rev. Chalfont tells of a couple who were celebrating their golden wedding anniversary. The husband was asked what the secret was to his successful marriage. His wife Sara was the only girl he ever dated. He grew up in an orphanage and worked hard for everything he had. After they had said their vows on their wedding day, Sara’s father handed him a small gift. He said, “Within this gift is all you really need to know to have a happy marriage. Within the box, lay a large gold watch. Upon close examination, he saw etched across the face of the watch a prudent reminder he would see whenever he checked the time of day…. Words that, if heeded, held the secret to a successful marriage. They were, “SAY SOMETHING NICE TO SARAH.”
Prayer: Jesus, let us always say nice words to others. Let us take others' encouraging words in good spirit and be invigorated. Let more Naomis and Ruths emerge in our homes. All we ask in Jesus' name. Amen.
Monday, 2nd April 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