Sunday, 17 April 2016
DCLM Daily Manna, Sunday April 17, 2016 by Pastor Kumuyi - Reciprocate God's Love Please!
Topic: Reciprocate God's Love Please! [Sunday April 17, 2016]
Text: Malachi 1:1-6
Key Verse: "A son honoureth his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a father, where is mine honour?. . . O priests, that despise my name. And ye say, Wherein have we despised thy name?" (Malachi 1:6).
The children of Israel, for the most part, forgot the love of God. Malachi knew he had an assignment to declare God's message, which he considered as a heavy weight on him. In spite of His goodness and graciousness unto them, Israel refused to believe that God actually loved them.
They were unwilling to trust Him and could not listen to His messenger. It was in this perplexing situation that Malachi, the prophet, found himself especially because of Israel's insensitivity to God's love and their complete departure from Him. While God's love preserved Israel, Edom was turned into a wasteland. God used Malachi's message to rebuke and condemn the Israelites over their unqualified assumption and reckless disposition.
As always with human nature, when times are hard, it is difficult to believe God loves. The love, which He showed to Israel ought to form the motive and model of their love towards Him. Unfortunately, it did not. His demonstration of His love for Israel came with two major proofs - His sovereign choice and preservation of Israel. Today, God has demonstrated this same love for us. He has preserved our lives to ensure that we would not perish, giving us His dear Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, as a ransom for our sins. He has also given us good health and provided our daily needs.
Yet, not many people appreciate and reciprocate His deep love for us. We tend to count the challenge, that we daily face, rather than count the many blessings we regularly receive from Him. Let there be a change this day. Stop denominating your life in terms of the odds you face which are indeed the means God uses sometimes to build our faith. Instead, resort to praising Him in every situation.
Thought for the day: You can see God from anywhere if your mind is set to love Him.
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DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.