Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading Monday, December 4 2023


Text: “Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened… Therefore, let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.” – 1 Corinthians 5:7, 8.

Comment: One of the beauties of the Feast of Tabernacles celebration is that it is an occasion that encourages settlement or resolution of all conflicts, quarrels, misunderstandings and contentions among people.  This is spiritual preparation as Christ said: “Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift”. (Matthew 5:23,24) Members who have strained relationships with one another are required to settle their differences and come together during the period with clear conscience, a heart void of offence, malice, hatred, envy, jealousy, enmity and such like.  In this regard, celebrants are expected to cultivate the spirit of Christian charity, forgiveness, reconciliation, self-examination, repentance, and so on. – Colossians 3:8-10,12-14; Ephesians 4:31, 32.

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