THEME: DEPART FROM EVIL
1 Peter 3:11-12
“Let him turn away from evil and do good; Let him seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, And His ears are open to their prayers; But the face of the LORD is against those who do evil.”
-The Lord rebuked evil during the days of Abraham with Sodom and Gomorrah, Noah, Moses, Daniel, Jonah, John the Baptist, Paul, many other patriarchs and still does it today. He dealt with sin and the consequences were clear. From today’s verses we see that; God’s eyes are on the righteous but His face is against all those who do evil. Apostle Paul condemns evil deeds and provides a list in Romans 1:29-32 which include:- greed, depravity, envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice, gossip, slander, insolence, arrogance, boastfulness, disobedience to parents etc. Apostle Peter gives a rather conclusive disposition that to depart from evil one has to love. By loving our brothers and sisters, showing courtesy, compassion, tenderness to them, returning evil with good, refraining from evil talk and deceit, is a formula he provides that offers peace. Therefore, seeking peace and pursuing it, is the way to depart from evil and follow after love, and the Lord hears our prayers and answers us.
You formed my inward parts loving Father; You knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are Your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in Your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them. How precious to me are Your thoughts, O God. How vast is the sum of them. Thank You Lord for Your merciful love upon my life. Thank You for guiding me through my childhood until now. I come at Your feet dear Jesus humbly asking You to forgive me all my sins and give me grace to turn away from them. May You remove any offense or anything that displeases You from my inward parts. Remove merciful Father any accusation that is against me, my family members, our church, leaders and nation from the courts of heaven, and wash us with Your precious blood. Release everlasting Father all those who are under the yoke of slavery, captured by different forms of addictions and those who are demon possessed. All those who practice prostitution, adultery, fornication, pornography, masturbation, drug addiction, alcoholism, gaysm, lesbianism, incest, child abuse, complaining and murmuring, witchcraft, sorcery, gossip, slander, murder, corruption, pride, lying and all forms of evil. Have mercy on us all Lord. We all have sinned and fallen short of Your glory Lord, forgive us merciful Savior. Forgive us all dear Jesus and help us to turn away from evil wicked way that displeases You and is not of Your kingdom. Give grace to all the street children and release them from the streets that they should go serve their purposes. Grant us the grace dear Master to serve You in the way that You have called each one of us. You have said in Your word that, the prayer of a righteous man avails much, hear our prayers and answer us dear Jesus. Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your Kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive all those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptations but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, forever and ever. Amen
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