Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading – Thursday, July 16, 2020

Theme: THE ESSENCE OF WORSHIP

Text:“And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence towards God, and toward men.” – Acts 24:16.

Comment: In line with St. Paul’s admonition that even if we are angry, we should not allow it to lead us into sin, and that we should not let the sun go down upon our wrath, (Ephesians 4:26), it would indeed be a joyful life to be able to settle all disputes before the next service day. Even if the Christian is the person offended, he should take steps to put issues behind him soonest as this enables one to relate with God and his neighbour with a clean heart. To worship God in this way calls for concerted effort by way of application of knowledge, prayer and meditation.  When he appeared before the council in Jerusalem. Paul declared: “Men and brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day.” (Acts 23:1) It is when one has a free mind that he would properly digest the word of God, judge himself sincerely, put into practice what he has heard and relate freely with others. St. Paul spoke of the Christians at Thessalonica thus: “For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.” – 1 Thessalonians 2:13.