Prayer Focus:    Venezuela

Bible Reading:  1 Peter 1-5

Scripture – 

 Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble.  Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.  For,

“Whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech. They must turn from evil and do good; they must seek peace and pursue it.  For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”

– 1 peter 3:8-12

Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 11 If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen

-1 Peter 4:8-11

 Observation-  How much better would life be if we all lived according to these verses.  If we would all be sympathetic to one another, love one another, and show compassion and humility to each other.  There would be no strife, there would be no need for violence, people would learn that they can trust one another and depend on one another.

Application – It would be nice, but it is definitely not easy.  In dealing with those we love and care about it is hard to be like-minded and sympathetic.  Its much easier to be cold and cutting, to have a sharp tongue and a quick wit than to be gentle and supportive.  Much less, we are to love and show compassion to our enemies and pray for those that persecute us.  But if we can do that, then maybe that enemy becomes a neighbor and a friend.  Moreover, in seeing the love we have in Christ, we might win souls for the Kingdom.

Prayer –  Lord help us to love another, be compassionate and humble.  Help us not only to love those we call family and friends, but help us to love those who persecute us and do evil against us.  To you be the glory and the power for ever and ever.  Amen