Verse of The Day – Galatians 5:24

New International Version

Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

New Revised Standard Version

And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

King James Version

And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.

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Verse of The Day – 2 Samuel 7:14 (Oneness with the Father and Son)

New International Version

I will be his father, and he will be my son. When he does wrong, I will punish him with a rod wielded by men, with floggings inflicted by human hands.

New Revised Standard Version

I will be a father to him, and he shall be a son to me. When he commits iniquity, I will punish him with a rod such as mortals use, with blows inflicted by human beings.

King James Version

I will be his father, and he shall be my son. If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men:

Oneness with the Father and Son

Much ahead of the time of Jesus, in David’s time, God promised the arrival of Jesus. God promises many blessings to the family and generations of David. But they mainly relate to Jesus Christ – who was born in David’s lineage. The Lord God gave all the power there is on heaven on earth to this promised Son. Despite David’s plans to exalt God in his own ways, God suggested a more grander plan for him – to make grand the House of David – not promising an everlasting throne, but rather promising the birth of His Son through his blood-line.

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Man proposes and God disposes – because God always has a much better plan for us. If we pray to the Lord for a normal happy life, He blesses us with an extraordinarily joyous life. He always gives more.

Wherein it is mentioned that the Lord won’t spare the rod on His Son for His wrongs, He doesn’t mean that Christ would do wrong – He means that for all the mistakes which His children on earth have committed, His Son would bear the punishment.

The Father loves His Son – He loves His children (us) even more. That’s why He turns His wrath on Jesus than us, to punish us for our sins. Whomsoever acknowledges the Cross and repents, shall become One with the Father and the Son. Just as our parents punish us every time we make a mistake so that we may not do it again – for our own good, the Lord gently chides us through His son for all our faults – no matter how big our small. He wants just one thing from us – to be His child through Jesus.

Verse of The Day – Jonah 3:10 (God is our very forgiving Parent)

New International Version

When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he relented and did not bring on them the destruction he had threatened.

New Revised Standard Version

When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil ways, God changed his mind about the calamity that he had said he would bring upon them; and he did not do it.

King James Version

And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not.

Our Lord is a God of Forgiveness

According to the Bible, Nineveh was a city so sinful, that God intended to destroy the entire city and everything within it. Had He been a God with no compassion, He would’ve just reduced it to ashes, but He wanted the people to change. He wanted His children back. This was why He chose Jonah.

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Sure, Jonah was selfish. He didn’t wish redemption for the Ninevites – he didn’t want to share his God with people outside his creed. Perhaps, this was why the Lord chose him to go and tell the people of Nineveh that they were doomed. He didn’t ask them to repent – he merely informed them that all of Nineveh would be destroyed in the next 40 days.

But this was enough to open the eyes of all the people of Nineveh – from the king to the beggars. Everyone immediately began a fast even before the king passed out a decree for a fasting of all in his kingdom. They mourned for their sins, and repented with their whole hearts. The Lord knew that this change was real, and he immediately forgave them.

Our God just keeps waiting to forgive us. He wants us to be forgiven, and He wants us to go to Him. Perhaps had Jonah been obedient from day one, and he had gone and advised people to change, they may not have changed. But God knew whom to send, and in sending Jonah – a reluctant missionary/prophet, He ensured that He got back His children from Nineveh.

This Lent, pour out all your sins at the feet of the Lord, and ask His forgiveness. Fasting and giving up something we love doing for Lent has no meaning, unless we are ready to give up on our sins. He is waiting to forgive you and bring you back to His loving arms.

Verse of The Day – John 13:34-35 (Bring others to Jesus through His Love)

New International Version

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

New Revised Standard Version

I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

King James Version

A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

Be a Christian through Love

February 22, 2015 brought forth an article which can be read fully here. It describes hatred against Christians due to some acts of vandalism apparently carried out by “Evangelists” on a famed Hindu temple. It may have been done by the so-called Christian vandals, or it may have been done by someone crafty enough to spur on the religious hatred in a time when the world is already being rocked by religious extremists.

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The world is at our fingertips – Google “Spread Christianity through love” – that’s how we should tell others of our Lord Jesus. This article can be read by those too lazy to go through all the results in the search. Jesus wants to be known to every person through His act of love, and not hatred. Forcing something on someone will make them hate it. Forcing a kid to eat his veggies will make him hate it for life. Forcing a child to swallow her cereals will make her detest it for as long as she lives.

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Rather, we can bring the change by being the change ourselves. When we show others that we are Christians through our actions, we can bring the change automatically – just as if the kids see their parents enjoying their veggies, they will be automatically curious to taste it, and then they will start enjoying it.

We have to bring others into Christ with happiness and not through force, and especially not through vandalism. Had Christ just destroyed all the false-worshipping churches, and their idols physically, none would have known His love. He destroyed Himself and bought everyone into the Lord through His blood.

Perhaps distributing tract and Bibles may seem quite arduous a task for you – even those should be done carefully and not forcibly – incorrectly doing it will make people run from Jesus as opposed to running to Him. This Lent, pray to bring about a change to this disturbed world through your acts pray to show the world the true face of a Christian through His Love. The world should know that we are His disciples not through the crosses on our heads, or through the rough acts of vandalism we wreak upon the worshippers of other Gods, but through the cross we draw in our hearts, and the love we show to others.

Verse of The Day – John 1:29

New International Version

The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!

New Revised Standard Version

The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him and declared, “Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!

King James Version

The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

Verse of The Day – Hebrews 12:2

New International Version

fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

New Revised Standard Version

looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.

King James Version

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Verse of The Day – Mark 1:4

New International Version

And so John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.

New Revised Standard Version

John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.

King James Version

John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.

Verse of The Day – Galatians 3:13

New International Version

Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole.”

New Revised Standard Version

Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”—

King James Version

Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:

Verse of The Day – 1 John 1:8

New International Version

If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.

New Revised Standard Version

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

King James Version

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

Verse of The Day – Daniel 9:3 (Ash Wednesday 2015)

New International Version

So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and petition, in fasting, and in sackcloth and ashes.

New Revised Standard Version

Then I turned to the Lord God, to seek an answer by prayer and supplication with fasting and sackcloth and ashes.

King James Version

And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes: