Verse of The Day – Psalm 94:18-19 (திருப்பாடல்கள் 94:18-19)

New International Version

When I said, “My foot is slipping,”
your unfailing love, Lord, supported me.
When anxiety was great within me,
your consolation brought me joy.

New Revised Standard Version

When I thought, “My foot is slipping,”
your steadfast love, O Lord, held me up.
When the cares of my heart are many,
your consolations cheer my soul.

King James Version

When I said, My foot slippeth; thy mercy, O Lord, held me up.
In the multitude of my thoughts within me thy comforts delight my soul.

பரிசுத்த வேதாகமம்

என் கால் சறுக்குகிறது என்று நான் சொல்லும்போது, கர்த்தாவே, உமது கிருபை என்னைத் தாங்குகிறது.
என் உள்ளத்தில் விசாரங்கள் பெருகுகையில், உம்முடைய ஆறுதல்கள் என் ஆத்துமாவைத் தேற்றுகிறது.

திருவிவிலியம்

‘என் அடி சறுக்குகின்றது’ என்று நான் சொன்னபோது, ஆண்டவரே! உமது பேரன்பு என்னைத் தாங்கிற்று.
என் மனத்தில் கவலைகள் பெருகும்போது, என் உள்ளத்தை உமது ஆறுதல் மகிழ்விக்கின்றது.

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Verse of The Day – Ephesians 5:1-2

New International Version

Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children

and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

New Revised Standard Version

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children,

and live in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

King James Version

Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;

And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.

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 3:16 (Jesus, the Lord – our true Valentine)

New International Version

For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.

New Revised Standard Version

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.

King James Version

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.