THEME: GOD IS LOVE
“And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested Him, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the law? What is your reading of it? ”So he answered and said, “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”
-Love is a law and laws are meant to be respected. In the Old Testament, there were six hundred and thirteen laws which were rooted from the Ten Commandments that God gave Moses on mount Sinai. In the New Testament Jesus redefined all these commandments into one, the law of love. Each one has been commanded to love God with all his heart, soul, and mind, and neighbour as himself (Matthew 5:19). This is the legal premise which the lawyer took to test Jesus in the parable of the good samaritan. Jesus used this parable to describe a neighbour. In the parable, a man journeyed from Jerusalem to Jericho and was attached by thieves. They stripped him off his clothes, beat him up and wounded him badly. A priest passed by; looked at the man but crossed to the other side and did not help him. A Levite did the same thing. But a good samaritan had compassion on the man, he nursed his wounds and took him to hospital where he got treatment and special care. The good samaritan demonstrated love for neighbour. He displayed the kind of love God requires us to practice, true and honest love for all, showing no partiality.
Thank You Jesus for this beautiful day that You have made, we rejoice and are glad in it. Thank You for Your mercy and grace upon our lives, we rejoice in You. Thank You Jesus for loving us and teaching us how to love, may Your love abide in us so that we may love You and our neighbors as ourselves. Give us hearts of compassion that we may love our neighbors like the good samaritan. Help us to love all our neighbors without showing partiality, because of color, race, nationality, ethnicity, language, religion, gender, age or social status. May Your love reach all the troubled people in the US due to discrimination and all other nations of the world. Be with all those who are sick and suffering and heal them, for by Your stripes we were healed. Remember all those people who have been infected with COVID-19 that You may restore their health and show them Your salvation. Jesus You rule over COVID-19 and over every storm, turbulence, and adverse situation that we are going through, take charge of our lives and make every crooked path straight. Hold back the tide of COVID-19 in this nation Lord and heal our land merciful Father for this nation belongs to You. We humble ourselves before You Lord, forgive us our sins and heal our land, merciful Father. Heal our economy Lord and deliver us from all forms of corruption. Grant all our leaders wisdom so that they may rule according to Your will. Only You are Lord, only You are our King, answer our hearts desires according to Your will. Thank You Lord for the good plans You for us and for our nation, plans to prosper us and not to harm us, plans to give us hope and a future. Oh God of all creation; bless this our land and nation, justice be our shield and defender; may we dwell in unity, peace and liberty, plenty be found within our boarders. Amen
Blessed Madaraka Day
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