“This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.” – 1 John 4:10
This Lenten season is full of LOVE. God wants to reminds us of His love for us. That is the real love. The kind of love where sent God sent His ONLY Son to come and die for us so that we could be reconciled to Him. Do you get it? I mean, imagine using your last 5 Cedis to buy medicine that saves a child, at the expense of your lunch. That sacrifice is what God appreciates and sees as real love. As we pray and fast during this Lenten season, let us show real love to all those who need it.
There is a reason why this year, #AshWednesday, which marks the beginning of Lent, falls on Valentine’s Day. Valentine’s Day is a day set aside by the world to celebrate love. Meanwhile, in Christianity, love is the greatest of all and should be shown to everyone and in everything we do.
I believe that in this Lent season, we are to demonstrate love to everyone in the world; that is why I do not believe it is a coincidence that Ash Wednesday falls on Valentine’s Day.
The verse for the day on BibleGateway.com is John 13:34-35, and states: “So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”
The verse of the day on the YouVersion Bible App is from 1 Corinthians 13:13, which states: “Three things will last forever – faith, hope, and love – and the greatest of these is love.“
I encourage you this Lent season to be loving in your fasting, praying and giving. Let the world see that God lives in us and therefore love lives in us; for love is of God.
I leave you with the words of the Hymnist (MHB 444), “Beloved, let us love: for love is of God; in God alone love has its true abode.”
So tomorrow is a day of perfection and completion. It is Covenant Sunday in the Methodist Church and also the first Sunday of 2018. I encourage you to sow a great seed of sacrifice because, you see, 7 means perfection and I feel the Lord saying that He will perfect everything that He has started in our lives this year.
But that’s not the only reason why I am encouraging you to sow a great seed of sacrifice. I am also encouraging you because there are some very serious spiritual benefits when you make a covenant with God and keep your side of the bargain because God will always keep His side of the covenant.
Let me share a testimony with you. Last year, I made a covenant with God during the Covenant Service at the Methodist Church of Resurrection, Kpeehe in Accra. I used God’s word (Genesis 17:1-2 and Exodus 23:25) as the basis for my covenant. I even wrote these verses at the back of the cheque that I wrote as my sacrifice. During the sermon, the Holy Spirit possessed a lady, who rose to her feet and started prophesying in Fante. I knew immediately that it was the Holy Spirit that was speaking through her because of the kind of things the lady was saying. She prophesied that the Lord will see us through the year 2017, and this is the part that stood out for me. She said, “Yes, there may be challenges but know that I, the Lord your God, has already overcome those challenges.” I felt she was talking to me at that time.
I remember this incident vividly because I wrote the account in my journal and added, “In 2017, I know the Lord will make me flourish for His own sake.” I can say boldly that this prophecy came to pass because for me 2017 was a great year of testimony of God’s providence in my life, and yes, He made me flourish for His own sake. Oh, and there were challenges but He kept reminding me that He has overcome them so why am I worried.
So tomorrow I am going to renew my covenant with God, and also ask Him to perfect every good thing He has started in my life. I am ready for another year of testimony in 2018. Are you?
Another amazing promise of God for the year 2018. We often think that if we have money, then all our problems will be solved. We go chasing after more money because we are not satisfied with what we have and we want to take care of what happens in the future. I love this verse because it reminds us that God, who gave us what we have currently, will not fail us in the future. He will continue to ensure that we are satisfied and comfortable. So this year, as you go about your duties and responsibilities, remember this promise of God: He will never fail you or abandon you. God has got your back!
“Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.”” – Hebrews 13:5 NLT
As we begin this amazing year of 2018, I will entreat you to make this declaration daily. Let us secure our lives and the lives of our family members with the word of God. You will not die, but live, because God wants you to declare His works, the testimonies that He has given to you, and all the blessings He has blessed you with, to all the nations.
“I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord.” – Psalms 118:17 KJV