Daily Reflection

TODAY’S MEMORY VERSE

Zechariah 3:1-5 (NKJV) – Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the Angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to oppose him. And the angel of the LORD said to Satan, “The LORD rebuke you, Satan! The LORD who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you! Is this not a brand plucked from the fire?” Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and was standing before the Angel. Then He answered and spoke to those who stood before Him, saying, “Take away the filthy garments from him.” And to him He said, “See, I have removed your iniquity from you, and I will clothe you with rich robes.” And I said, “Let them put a clean turban on his head.” So they put a clean turban on his head, and they put the clothes on him. And the Angel of the LORD stood by.

REFLECTION: Spirituality is not how we appear before men, but how we appear before God. To the eyes of men, Joshua was the sanctimonious high priest, adorned with beautiful and priestly robes, but to the eyes of God, sin made all of that appear like rags. The grace of God is available to the repentant sinner, to take away the rags of sin and replace it with the garment of holiness. Let us seek him, to receive this unmerited favour.

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From The Imitation of Christ, Book II, Ch. 12, No 5 – If you fling away one cross, you will certainly find another, and perhaps, a heavier one.

REFLECTION: The centrality of the cross in our Christian faith is an inevitable reality. We cannot shy away from it. Let no man therefore, preach to you a Christianity without the cross, for it is not the Christianity of Jesus Christ.

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Sirach 27:12 (NRSV) – Among stupid people, limit your time, but among thoughtful people, linger on.

REFLECTION: Choose wisely, those in whose company you often hang around. They have a way of influencing the direction of your life.

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1 Cor 13:1-2 (NRSV) – If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, , but do not have love, I am nothing.

REFLECTION: There is no expression of our Christian faith and our union with God more powerful than the love of God in our hearts shown to our fellow humans. Love is the measure of all things.

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Luke 11:33 – No one after lighting a lamp puts it under a bed, but on the lampstand so that those who enter may see the light.

REFLECTION: Religion and spirituality is not an isolated reality. We cannot practice our religion in a vacuum, hence, our level of spirituality has a way of affecting others either positively or negatively. To all those who, when cautioned about doing certain things wrongly such as dressing indecently, dismiss it with the claim that God sees the heart, while they may be right, the other truth is that man does not see the heart, and their Christianity is lived and practiced in humanity community. Hence, if what we do does not give off light that will lead others to God, then our Christianity is faulty.

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Lamentations 4:12 (NRSV) – The kings of the earth did not believe, nor did any of the inhabitants of the world, that foe or enemy could enter the gates of Jerusalem.

REFLECTION: Sometimes, especially in spiritual matters, we feel so sure of ourselves that we begin to think we are infallible. We denigrate, castigate and laugh at those who are struggling with a spiritual fault, forgetting that we can also find ourselves in their shoes. Do not ever feel too confident of yourself that you lose empathy and sympathy for those who are struggling. If you walk in their shoes, you may be worse than they are. We must pray for each other.

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Zephaniah 2:15 (NLT) – This is the boisterous city once so secure. “I am the greatest!” it boasted. “No other city can compare with me!” But now, look how it has become an utter ruin, a haven for wild animals. everyone passing by will laugh in derision and shake a defiant fist.

REFLECTION: When success make us proud and arrogant, we will most surely become a subject of mockery if ever our fortunes turn downward. When God lifts you up, humble yourselves before Him and before men.

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Isaiah 48:11 – For my own sake, for my own sake, I do it, for why should my name be profaned? My glory I will not give to another.

REFLECTION: Sometimes we just have to sacrifice for others, what we desire to have or do, not because they deserve it, but for our own sakes.

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2 Cor 7:8-9 (GNB) – For even if that letter of mine made you sad, I am not sorry I wrote it. I could have been sorry when I saw that it made you sad for a while. But now I am happy – not because I made you sad, but because your sadness made you change your ways. That sadness was used by God, and so we caused you no harm.

REFLECTION: There are times when we have to deliberately and consciously cause pain to the people we love, not to hurt them, but to save them and make them better. God does that with us too in a lot of ways and a lot of times.

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Proverbs 18:13 (GNB) – Listen before you answer. If you don’t, you are being stupid and insulting.

REFLECTION: Oftentimes, people have misunderstandings and run into trouble because their self-centeredness and impatience won’t let them listen to others, as they would rather be listened to. We must know that until we hear others out, we may likely form a wrong opinion of them or of a situation.