Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading – Friday, April 10, 2020

Theme: COMMENTARY ON JAMES CHAPTERS 1 – 2

Text: “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.” – 1 John 4:10, 11.

Comment: If out of love for us, God Almighty would go so far as to send His son to die for us, then we should also be ready to make sacrifices for one another. In the words of Apostle Paul, if we love our neighbour as we love ourselves we would be keeping the laws of God in that “Love worketh no ill to his neighbor” – Romans 13:8-10.

Because he dealt with his domestic servants as  he would like to be treated, Job the prophet  declared that if he oppressed his servants God would be angry with him, saying, “Did not he that made me in the womb make him? and did not one fashion us in the womb?” – Job 31:13-15.

The Bible makes it clear that the fasting God has high regard for is not affliction of the body, putting on of sackcloth and ashes and to break every yoke but showing love to others. “Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?  Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh?” – Isaiah 58:6, 7.

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