DCLM Daily Manna 2023: DCLM Daily Manna 18 October 2023: Loving One Another
KEY VERSE: “So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.” – (Romans 12:5)
TEXT: Romans 12:1-8 (KJV)
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
4 For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office:
5 So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.
6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;
7 Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching;
8 Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.
We attach much importance to love, and read lots of meaning to it, most of which are unnecessary. The real object of our love should be towards God first and then to the people around us. It is assumed that we already love ourselves. God, therefore, wants us to direct the remaining love in our hearts to our brethren and other people around us.
Apostle Paul’s illustration buttresses the correlation and inter-dependence of our physical body parts on each other. From the head and all the accessories that make up the head region to the trunk and its appendages, the apostle argued that none of our body parts can exist in isolation. They interact to nourish, receive and release information; thereby, making the whole body happy, healthy and functional.
Caring for one another is a central theme in the writings of Paul. It came all the way from the teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ to His disciples before Paul’s emergence. This became a standard emphasis of the disciples and those who came later into the fold. They were told to love their enemies and do good to those who hate them and despitefully use and persecute them (Matthew 5:43-48). Jesus prayed and ministered to Jews, Gentiles, Roman soldiers, publicans and foreigners. He welcomed and accepted all that came to Him.
One common denominator that is very visible in Christianity is love. It is the love we have for all of God’s creation that attracts people into the Kingdom. People gravitate towards the followers of Christ in every nation and clime because they see the practical evidence of the love of Christ in them. We are commanded to love the sinners, not their sins. This approach is the most effective instrument in evangelism – person-to-person evangelism through friendship, love and care. We are also to feed the hungry and assist those in need.
THOUGHT OF THE DAY: Love is the greatest tool in evangelism.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Isaiah 51-55
Thank you for studying today’s Daily Manna – Loving One Another – by Pastor W.F Kumuyi
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Daily Manna 18 October 2023