God who comforts

Praise God! The mother loves her children and does everything for them, feeds, cleans, teaches to walk and so on. When something annoys the children or unexpected things happen to them, they run to their mother, hug her tightly and explain everything to her. The children trust their mother and find love and comfort in her. When the mother embraces them and speaks to them and encourages them, they get boosted up and become confident. My mom loves me a lot, encourages me and comforts me in all the situations. The Lord who created us and gave his life for us and bought us with a great price loves us and comforts us much more. Isaiah 66:13 says, “As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you.”

The mother cares for her children and always checks whether everything is right with them. She doesn’t lay the child aside and do her personal work but day and night she is awake and her full interest and focus is on the child. Some resign their highly paid jobs in order to take care of their children, that’s motherly love ready to lose anything for her children. Once a mother of a new born baby had to go out for few hours and so left her baby with her mom, the mother’s heart was fully filled with the thoughts of her baby. When the mother returned back she rushed in to check if everything was fine with the baby. Isaiah 49:15 says, “Can a woman forget her nursing child And have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, but I will not forget you.” The mother will not forget her child, even if that was possible, God will not forget the child. God has engraved us on the palms of His hands and we are safe in His hands.

Some children who do not experience the motherly love are distracted to other things of this world. God loves you and wants you to come under his protection and care. He is there to comfort your lonely heart and give you a new life. David was not considered by his parents and was rejected by his brothers and everyone. Bible does not refer anything regarding David’s mother but one thing that we know form the Scripture is that he took refuge in the Lord and he received comfort from the Lord. Psalm 94:19 says, “In the multitude of my thoughts within me your comforts delight my soul.” As a hen gathers her chicks under her wings and protects them, God wants us to take refuge under the shelter of His wings. If something hurts your heart, submit yourself to God, He will comfort and strengthen you. God has given us a comforter the Holy Spirit to live within us and guide us. The holy Spirit instructs us the way to take, leads us and comforts us. John 14:16 says, “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever.”

When we are in God nothing can harm us because whoever touches us touches the apple of His eye. Psalm 23:4 says, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” When the mother (parents) becomes old, the children should take care of her and comfort her. When some one is in trouble or needs help, go ahead and speak to them, encourage them and do whatever you can to support them. It is better to be open-minded towards everyone rather than forming a boundary around yourself, let us be blessing to others while we are in this earth and comfort those in trouble with the comfort that God has given us. 2 Corinthians 1:3,4 says, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.” God bless you!

Being Humble

Praise God! We like people who are humble, we appreciate them and love to keep them in our circle. How good would it be if we were that person!! Yeah, God loves the people who are humble and guides them. It is not just outward humbleness but truly being humble in heart. Psalm 25:9 says, He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way. God instructs and leads them in the right way. God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Numbers 12:3 says, Moses was a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth. The Lord spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks with his friend. We can have a true intimate personal relationship with God only when we are humble.

King Manasseh led Judah and the people of Jerusalem astray, they did more evil in the sight of the Lord and did not obey God. Manasseh was taken as prisoner to Babylon by the army commanders of the king of Assyria. When Manasseh humbled himself greatly before God and prayed, God heard his supplication and brought him again to Jerusalem into his kingdom and he finally realized that the Lord alone is God! 2 Chronicles 7:14 says, if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. The situation that you are facing through may be worse but when you humble yourself and submit to God by doing His will, He will set everything right. He is the King of kings and Lord of lords.

In the wilderness God led the people of Israel all the way in the desert for forty years and fed them with manna which their fathers did not know, in order to humble them and test them and to know what was in their heart and whether they would keep His commands or not. He brought down rulers from their thrones and exalted those who were humble. When Nebuchadnezzar became proud, God humbled him. Daniel 4:37, And those who walk in pride he is able to humble.

Jesus Christ came to this world and bore all our sins and died on the cross for us. He emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant and He humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, He denied His will and did the will of the Father. Jesus came not to be served but to serve and to give His life as a ransom for many. Jesus says in Matthew 11:29, Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. God wants each and every one of us to humble ourselves and submit totally to Him. God’s ways and thoughts are higher than ours, He knows what is best for us, He has plans to prosper us and to give us hope and a future. God gives everything beautiful in its time, our part is to be humble and wait patiently for His time. 1 Peter 5:6 says, Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time.

Reconciliation and Forgiveness

For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. Matthew 6:14,15

Philemon was a wealthy Christian in the church at Colosse and he had become a believer by hearing the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. Paul says regarding Philemon in verse 7 “Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the Lord’s people.”

Onesimus who was Philemon’s slave stole something from him and ran away from him. Onesimus came to Paul who was in prison at Rome because he might have known him when Paul visited Philemon’s place earlier. He was of great help to Paul in prison and there he became a believer. If a runway slave returns back to his master there are possibilities that he might be severely punished. Paul wanted to send Onesimus back to Philemon in order to enable a brotherly love between the master and slave. Paul wanted Philemon to welcome Onesimus as he would have welcome him and charge anything to him whatever Onesimus owed to Philemon.

We pray “And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. Matthew 6:12” If we do not forgive others from our heart, God cannot forgive us. When we come forward and forgive others first, God will move in their heart and bring a reconciliation. Take a first step today if you haven’t forgiven anyone in the past. Our Lord is surely delighted in it! Amen!

Everlasting Light

Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12

Praise God! On the fourth day God said, Let there be light, and there was light. God set the lights in the sky to light the earth, to govern the day and night, and to separate the light from the darkness. Genesis 1:17,18 When the lights are switched on in a room, we can see everything in it like what things are there and who are all in the room, each and everything is exposed. Even a thief doesn’t come to steal in the day light because he may get caught. When our life is full of light without any darkness in it, then our life will be a testimony before others, it is possible only through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. John 3:19 Men who are involved in the evil things do not want their deeds to be exposed, even now we can see that gangs who are working against the truth love to be in the underground darkness not wanting to expose themselves. But whoever lives a truthful life need not hide themselves but can come to the light so others can see that they live a pure life according to the will of God. If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. 1 John 1:6 Living a truthful life is possible only by the grace of God, as we abide in His love and have fellowship with Him!

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. Psalm 119:105 Living according to God’s word is very important for us to shine brightly. God’s word says that the eye is the lamp of the body, if our eyes are good, our whole body will be full of light. But if our eyes are bad, our whole body will be full of darkness. The physical eyes give light to the body but when our Spiritual eyes are enlightened then we will come to know the truth and the truth will set us free. God is our everlasting light, He has made his light to shine in our hearts and He wants us to live as children of light because earlier we were in darkness but now we have the light of life.

Green Pastures and Quiet Waters

He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, Psalm 23:2

Praise God! Jesus is our good shepherd and we are His flock. The shepherd takes the sheep to the green pastures, the sheep do not worry for their food, they just follow the shepherd wherever he takes them because they are sure that their Master is in control. God’s word is our Spiritual food, we should read, meditate and live according to the word of God each and every day. When we listen to His voice and follow Him, He will lead and guide us. The shepherd makes the sheep to lie down in green pastures, there is safety when the shepherd is present, the sheep need not be afraid of anything. We are safe and secure in God’s presence, we need not worry about anything because even if something comes against us, God changes everything for good. God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1 God gives us abundant grace and His grace is sufficient for us.

The shepherd leads the sheep beside quiet waters so that the sheep can quench their thirst peacefully. The quiet waters are streams that are clear and pure which is either still or moves slowly. He does not take the sheep to the stream which flows wildly without control, the sheep may get frightened because to the noise. Jesus is our living water, He gives us inner peace and rest in our life, He fills our heart with His everlasting love. Even though sometimes the situation may seem noisy and confusing outside but we will have the joy and peace inside our heart that the world cannot give. God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us. Romans 5:5

When the sheep stays with the shepherd each and every need is taken care of but when they go astray or stop following him then they may get lost. They may loose track and end up in trouble. God wants us to abide in Him always but when we get attracted by the worldly ways and get side tracked then we get lost and left alone. The shepherd does not ignore the lost sheep but will leave the other sheep on the hills and will go to look for the one that wandered off. When we were away from God, He took the first step and brought us back to Him. God sent His one and only Son Jesus Christ as an atoning sacrifice for our sins and we are saved by His grace. For you were like sheep going astray, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls. 1 Peter 2:25

Encouragement

Encourage one another and build each other up, 1 Thessalonians 5:11

Praise God! In Acts chapter 4 we can see that Joseph, who was called Barnabas (son of encouragement) by the apostles brought Saul to them when they were all afraid of Saul and did not believe that he was truly a disciple. Even though the Jews plotted to kill Saul, Barnabas stepped in and took a risk by lending a helping hand to Saul for him to be accepted by the apostles. When a large number of Gentiles in Antioch believed and turned to the Lord, the church at Jerusalem sent Barnabas there. When he saw the power and grace of God, he was filled with joy and he encouraged the believers to stay true to the Lord. Barnabas was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and strong in faith. Acts 11:24

Likewise in 2 Timothy we can see that Paul encouraged Timothy whom he called as his beloved son to pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace, to be strong in the grace which is in Christ Jesus and to endure suffering with him for the gospel without shame.

Statistics show that many people who go to casino are elderly people who are lonely. They do not have much people to hang out and spend time with. There is no one to encourage, offer help or have fellowship with them. But God’s Word tells us to encourage those who are discouraged, help the weak, be patient with everyone, encourage one another daily and strengthen them. Edify others by sharing God’s love, His Word and pray with them.

Quality matters the most

Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person. Colossians 4:6

When we prepare food we just add the correct amount of salt because food is tasteless without salt. We dont add large quantities of salt just to show off but add only according to the taste that we need. Our words should be full of grace, In Proverbs we read that gentle answer turns away wrath and gentle words are a tree of life. Quality of the words matters the most rather than quantity.

James shows us few examples in chapter 3, a tiny spark can set a great forest on fire and ships are very large and are driven by strong winds but they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. He compares the tiny spark and the rudder to the tongue which is a small part of the body but boasts of great things and corrupts the entire life.

We should ask God for wisdom on how to answer everyone. Sometimes we tend to say something and then realize that we should not have answered so. James 1:19 says Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry. We should bless, encourage and build each other up with our words.