Today’s Christian daily devotional
“Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, less thou also be tempted. Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” Gal. 6:1-2
“Thank you.” I whisper in a hushed tone as my husband and I duck through the side door. We don’t want be a major interruption to the worship that has just started. As John and I fumble to find our seats, the acoustics and lights glaring from the stage creates an atmosphere of a rock concert.
Scanning the sea of faces, I settle in my oversized and comfortable stadium chair. I marvel at the thought that although we have been coming to this congregation for over two years, I have not met another soul. It is ironic that in this large crowd we have no friends.
Part of me is slightly baffled at this, but a bigger part is actually greatly relieved. In the past, my experiences with ‘church people’ had never panned out to be a good thing.
Whenever one reached out to me, it became a fuel for gossip, under the guise of prayer. It was never a sincere act of kindness that ever actually helped me.
Unfortunately, God’s reputation is not as high as it could be. This is because ‘His people’ have not been giving Him the kind of representation that Jesus called all believers in Him to follow.
Jesus spoke of healing others through love and prayer, not gossip and slander. In the eyes of a just God, it is a serious violation to use the name of God in order to win the trust of others and then take that trust and destroy all hope in the goodness of others and God Himself.
When this happens, people can become so discouraged that they stop reaching out for help from the Body of Christ. They might even go straight into the arms of satan himself. Gossip is equal to spiritual poison. It not only hurts the reputation of others, but if you bear the name of Jesus, it defiles what people think about Him as well.
Are you representing Christ in a worthy way? If you have nothing good to say, go to the source of all good things and get your words from Him. He will give you the right words and the control you need to take a person closer to Him, not further away.
“Dear Heavenly Father,
I regret that I have run straight into the arms of the devil because I counted on the people of God to really put your words into action. I know now that the only one I can really rely on is you.
Through this verse, you are teaching me how to be a better believer than the ones who have influenced my idea of Christianity.
Lord, forgive me if I have ever turned anyone away by gossiping or not speaking the truth in love. Bless the ones who have hurt me in the past, show them a this verse and give them a heart to see exactly what they are doing and how serious this is in your eyes.
I pray repentance on the Body of Christ as we are responsible for so much more than we are actually taking responsibility for. In Jesus’ precious name, inject your church and your people with a fresh outpouring of your blood and spirit, Amen.”
Thank you for reading today’s Christian daily devotional on verses: Galatians 6:1-2
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Author: Julia Shalom Jordan