About Ati Bosa Yobin

A. B. Yobin is from Shidi village of Arunachal Pradesh. Currently, he is pursuing a Th. M program in Evangelical Theological Seminary, South India.

Abraham and Lot: Harmonious Brotherhood

Strife is inevitable. All of us struggle with it often. However, it is something that can be settled quietly, if we are willing and deal it wisely.

One of the best biblical examples to deal with strife is found in Genesis 13:5-12. It is a story of Abraham and Lot where their herdsmen started striving over herding.

Abraham dealt the strife wisely by proposing a way out. His approach to this troubling matter is simple and straightforward.

He gave a choice to his nephew Lot to choose his desired land and live there by himself.

This shows that he was seeking his nephew’s good first, a very biblical principle to harmonious living.

“Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.” (Philp. 2:3, NKJV).

Being an uncle, Abraham has a right to coerce Lot. But he did not use this right. As a result the matter is settled without pernicious effects.

The peaceful settlement of the strife caused a harmonious brotherly relation between them.

Lot chose the fertile plain land of Jordan and Abraham lived in the land of Canaan.

What does this story teach us today?

We can learn so much from the story, but one thing that you and I should keep in mind as a result of knowing the story of Abraham and Lot is to live a harmonious brotherhood.

And in order to live in harmony, we should seek first the good of others while dealing with strives.

Our natural tendency in dealing misunderstandings is to justify our wrongs and pinpoint at others’.

But this is not a good solution to resolve a strife. Let us learn to seek others’ good and live harmoniously.

“It is honorable for a man to stop striving, since any fool can start a quarrel.” (Prov. 20:3, NKJV)

Noah and His Family: You Never Know How much You Mean to Your Community!

Uttarankhand Flood picture from Google.com

In the month June 2013 a huge disaster occurred due to a natural calamity in the state Utarrankhand in North India. Thousands lost their lives and homes. Rescuers from every force joined hands to save lives and give reliefs. This was one of the greatest tragedies in Indian history so far.

It was very unfortunate event ever but it occurred in just a corner of the nation. Can you imagine the world submerging into water? It is hard indeed. It is even more difficult to figure out one house on the top of the mountain completely submerging into the sea of water!

Yet, it’s recorded! Bible records the event of a universal flood in Genesis sixth to ninth chapters. It was a flood that covered the whole face of the earth. All the living creatures were once extinct except a family along with other preserved creatures in the ark, which is known as Noah’s ark to this day.

Noah was a just man who walked with God. He had three sons and three daughters-in-law and a lovely wife. They were eight family members. None of the family member’s devotional life is mentioned as of Noah’s, i.e., “a just, perfect in his generations, and walked with God.” (6:9, NKJV).

As a result of Noah’s just living and faithfully walking with God, when God caused the flood to cover the universe, as a judgment for the sins people had committed against Him, He saved Noah and his family from being destroyed from the face of the earth.

This amazes me as I read the account. One person who has devoted his life to live justly and walk with God resulted one family’s salvation. “Noah found grace in the sight of God,” said the Bible; not Noah and his family found grace in the sight of God (cf. 6:8)!

The author gives little interest in the family members’ lives, but much on Noah’s life. In fact the Hebrew writer says, “By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family.” (Hebrew 11:7, NIV).

What does Noah’s life say to us today? This is one way we can view: One life matters to save many lives. One person who is devoted to just living and walking with God has potential to bring God’s favor to the entire family!

Of course, this does not mean one person’s salvation will save the rest of the family members. That is unbiblical teaching. If Noah’s sons and daughters-in-law rejected Noah’s gracious invitation to step in the ark: what would be their condition when the flood came?

But the idea is this that the influence of one person makes a big difference in the family or in the community. Did Noah know this? Probably. Can you now think how much you can influence your family members to become godly people?

Your contribution to your family or community can become a legacy to encourage to the generations to come. Your influence to your family or community can become an example to other families in many ways.

But what you need to realize is this happens when you find the favor in the sight of God. Noah found favor in the sight of God. Noah became a kind of savior to his family. You never know how much God can use you when you are devoted to Him!

May we all strive to be like Noah who found grace in the sight of God; who walked with God by living a just life in his generation; whose life has become a blessing to his family members and who was also later called “a preacher of righteousness” (cf. 2 Pet. 2:5).

Your community needs you and you need your community. You mean to them as much as they mean to you. But only when you realize, you will learn how much you mean to your community. And only when you learn how much you mean to your community, you will know how much you mean to community.

And when you know how much you mean to your community no matter what natural calamity, like that of Uttarankhand in June 2013, besets your life you will learn to stay calm; because you belong to a community and a community stands with you.

You really never know how much you mean to your community!

Cain and Abel: Losing God Patterned Relationship is Costly

Many ‘WHYs’ come to our mind when things didn’t turn out the way we expected. But it is not an unusual phenomenon in life. Everyone experiences it.

But the question is ‘Why do we surprise for unimaginable and unpredictable future events in the first place?’

Well, it is a natural human tendency. We are surprised, but God isn’t. God does not surprise at any event. He has an ordered universe. But He really surprises us in and through every event!

Ever since God created human beings, there was relationship. At the multiplication of the humans on the face of the earth that relationship continued and continues.

It is a God patterned relationship. There is relationship in Trinity, between God and man, between man and woman, and between human and human. It is precious and pleasant and worthy.

Adam had wonderful relationship with God according to the pattern that God Himself established in the Garden of Eden.

But Adam’s relationship with God got fractured when he had sinned (cf. Gen.3). And then when Cain killed his brother Abel it became worst. Cain was the first son of Adam and Eve, and Abel their second son (Gen. 4:1-15, 25b).

The reason of Cain killing his brother was God’s denial of his offering and acceptance of his brother’s.

A craving for self approval cost brother’s life and loss the ties of kindred. And the result was God’s curse on Cain and his yields (vv.11,12). Thus he groaned, “My punishment is greater than I can bear” (v.13).

The broken relationship is the result of sinning. Christ dealt with sin and done away with it on the cross. Now in Christ sin has no power to break relationship, unless a stubborn heart submits to its ruling.

Those who are in Christ must therefore be committed to maintain good ties with each other. We are created in Christ Jesus for good works (Eph. 2:10). Breaking relationship on account of self approval will ruin the goodwill of relationship.

The incident of Cain and Abel is a good example to teach us. When we fail to maintain the relationship God intended, we fall into a danger of losing something we cherished dearly. The cost of losing God patterned relationship is unaffordable agony.

Let us learn from this negative incident a positive lesson in order to promote growing and glowing relationship among our people.

                “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers and sisters to dwell together in unity!” (Ps. 133:1).

Adam and Eve: The Bond That Binds The Likenesses

Some say Adam was a fictional person and others believe he is the ancestor of human race. I believe the authenticity of the Bible and it says Adam was the first man created by God in His own image (Gen. 1:26; 2:7-20; cf. 1 Cor. 15:45). “Adam” literally means “the ground”, because he was made out of the ground.

God created Adam out of the dust of the earth, we are told in the Bible. “God formed man out of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being” (Gen. 2:7). And through this man the consequent generations continued and still continuing today (cf. Acts 17:26).

But Adam’s problem at the beginning was loneliness. He did not have any one to call his own. All other creatures did not match to be his close friend(s).

So God said, “It is not good for man to be alone. I will make him a helper suitable for him.” (Gen. 2:18). And God caused Adam to a deep sleep and took a rib from his side and made a beautiful woman (Gen. 2:21, 22).

The woman matched him and complimented him. She was called Eve, which means “the mother of all living” (Gen. 3:20).

Adam enjoyed all the blessings of God and companionship of his wife in the Garden of Eden. Even the other creatures lived in obedience to them since God entrusted them to rule over all living things.

Here’s the point: Adam was lonely was because he needed a companion. One who understands him and shares his feelings.

All of us feel the same today. We need someone to hold our hand and walk and talk and move with us along the life journey. We need others to be with us in order to be in a community and family that share same values and respect and help one another.

God did not find another creature for Adam’s companionship, for nothing matched him. Only the one who was like him in intellect and emotion could compliment him.

Thus we find Adam expressing “Now this is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh” (Gen. 2:23) when the woman was brought before him, which is an expression of intimacy and closeness in every area of his life. And that’s the wonderful design of God!

Now here is the principle: Eve complimented Adam’s loneliness because she was like him in intellect and emotion (except the gender). Adam relished Eve’s companionship (and vice versa). This companionship was not limited to marital, but humanly relationship also (which is what we’re looking here).

In the same manner we are meant to have companionship of other fellow human beings. This companionship fulfills best when we start having good relationship with our own people.

When we have that bond of relationship that says: ‘we are one because we were created in the image of God with intellect and emotion though the weaknesses and strengths vary from one to another.’

That means we are united in diversity. That also means we ought to make our neighbors to feel we are not different essentially though there is differences in our nature.

Lastly, here I am not at all neglecting the purity that needs to be maintained between genders. But I am presenting a principle (not interpretation) from the bond of Adam and Eve for companionship among us, i.e., the bond that binds two Likenesses.

This is a bond that will help us to seek for godly friendship among us in maintaining relationship with own people.

Relationship of God With His Own Creation

The very first verse of the Bible begins with this affirmation: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” (Gen. 1:1); followed by a brief description of each day’s creation. It is only on the sixth day God created human. What is so amazing here is God created human different from any other creature! He has created them in His own image. “So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” (Gen. 1:27, NKJV).

The statements and claims of the Bible have been proven over and over to be true and reliable from the ages. It is its veracity and relevance the Bible has been one of the best-selling and most read books in the world.

Could you imagine what is the pivotal about God making human in His own image? Well, I guess there can be multiple answers to that. However, what I am stressing here is on fostering mutual relationship between the two own people. As we have seen a brief description of each day’s creation is given in Genesis creation account, yet none of the other creatures is said to be made/created in the image of God. Although there were wonderful celestial bodies, beautiful landscapes, grandeur mountains, magnificent seas and oceans, and complex living creatures, God did something terrific, that is, He created man in His own image. Isn’t that splendid? Created in “His own image!”

The Bible stated the fact in an undeniable reality. But what does that really mean? Again, there can be ample answers. But the point here is this: God wanted to have mutual loving relationship with humans so He created them differently with intellectual and emotional capabilities.

What’s the unique about that mutual relationship? Was God lonely without humans? Of course, not. With our understanding of the Godhead in the Bible there are three Persons (Trinity) in Godhead, still One God. They are same in essence and substance, yet differ in functionality. That means there is unity and fellowship already within the Persons of Godhead before the creation.

Then why human was created to have relationship with God? We cannot afford with one single completely satisfying answer to this question in our lifetime! Nonetheless, a plausible answer is God wanted to have His own people, who will bear His identity and display His character, and thus have a relationship with them, and in turn it will establish human’s relationship to their own people.

So it is very vital to know that we are made to be relational beings as God is a God of relationship. Our relationship must therefore reflect the character of God. That is to mean we must have good relationship with own people and loving care for each other just as God did (and does) by creating mankind in His own image.

We have own people to have own relationship. Own relationship breeds and extends relationships with others. You cannot be others’ loving man or woman without loving your own people first. It is impossible to be others’ caring man or woman by neglecting your own people!

Thus here is a prime reason why it is so important to have good and loving relationship with our own people: God has with His own creation. So every man/woman of God must have it with his/her own people. May God enable us to foster own relationship!

Worship and Edification: Now That I am a Christian

                       “Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and not tried.”                –– G. K. Chesterton

Who is a Christian? When does a person become Christian? What it means to accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior? And how do you know that you are Christian? These are some of the crucial questions that every person who claims to believe in Jesus Christ must take into introspection and put into retrospective inspection. In this writing I am attempting to give just a gist of what it means to be a Christian since it is crucial for us to know. A.W. Tozer said, “We are here to be worshippers first and worker only second…. The work done by a worshipper will have eternity in it.”

Who is a Christian?

One of the questions usually asked by security guards in any protected area is: ‘Do you have your identity card?’ What is your ‘identity card’ for being a Christian? Unfortunately we tend to forget we have an identity that needs to be displayed before others in order to honor the One who gave us that identity. While writing to the believers in Corinthian Church apostle Paul wrote: “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” (2 Cor. 5:17).

Yes, if you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Saviour and Lord by believing Him as the Son of God, who has borne the penalty of your sin (“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” [Rom. 3:23]), you are a new creation, a Christian. And that is your identity. Nothing else! Not your family background; not your economic status; not your job position; not your physical stature; not your intelligence; not your education, but new creation in Christ by grace through faith (cf. Eph. 2:8).

When Do You Become a Christian?

When you believe in Jesus Christ, God regenerates you through the supernatural work of the Holy Spirit (Titus 3:5) by removing/forgiving all your sins (1 John 1:12; cf. Acts 2:38; 10:43), reconciling you to Himself (2 Cor. 5:18-19), declaring you a righteous person before Him (Rom. 5:1; cf. Acts 13:39), thus making you a child of God, a Christian (John 1:12; cf. Rom. 8:16). It is a mystery how God saves a sinner by faith in Jesus Christ, but we must acknowledge ‘nothing is impossible for God’ (Luke 18:27)!

The genuine belief in Christ will result in a complete obedience to the commandments of Christ. Any experience of faith that does not motivate you to love and obey the commandments of Jesus Christ is not a genuine experience of faith. In short, when your belief in Jesus Christ causes you do everything what the Word of God teaches you to do, it is a genuine faith – an obedient faith. And obedient faith is (and must be) the result of your acceptance of Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord in your life.

What Then?

The moment you become a Christian by trusting in Jesus Christ, God gives you the indwelling gift of the Holy Spirit, who will guide you into godliness and maturity in faith by means of the Word of God. “Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.” (1 Cor. 2:12). Thus your new life in Christ will be marked by a lifestyle of holiness and godliness conforming to the image of Jesus Christ. “… for it is the Spirit who convicted us, revealed Christ to us, and imparted eternal life to us when we trusted Christ. Because He is ‘the Spirit of Life,’ He can empower us to obey Christ and He can enable us to be more like Christ.” said W.W. Wiersbe. “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.” (Rom. 8:14).

The indwelling Holy Spirit will guide you and make you grow to becoming like Christ – in your talk, your behaviour, your relationship, and in everything through the word of God. “Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.” (Philp. 2:12-13) was Paul’s exhortation to the Christians in Philippi. This tells us every Christian must have a godly life because God works in them to will and do His purpose.

Self Reflection

Now, introspect yourself, if you consider yourself a Christian, whether your lifestyle demonstrates godliness or worldliness. Godliness is doing everything with a perspective to honor God and glorify His holy name – worshipping God and serving Him with your whole being – your mind, your heart, your soul, and your strength. But worldliness is doing everything with a perspective to gain fame and wealth for oneself apart from God’s instructions.

Retrospect yourself whether the genuine work of salvation has wrought in you by the supernatural work of the Holy Spirit through the word of God in regenerating you a new creation in Christ at your expression of obedient faith in Him. For He who has begun a good work in you will complete it (cf. Philp. 1:6).

In Summary: Who am I? I am a Christian. When did I become a Christian? From the moment when I expressed my genuine faith in Jesus Christ at the conviction of Holy Spirit through the word of God by regenerating power of God. What then? I must live a life of godliness through worship and service to the living God in love and faithfulness. Now I know that I am a Christian!

 

Note: 1. All Scripture quotation is taken from New King James Version (NKJV) © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.

2. The word “faith” or “belief” is taken in a broader sense to include every commandment (e.g., repentance, confession, baptism, etc.,) that flows from it.

References

1. Authentic Christianity © 2000 by David Martyn Lloyd Jones

2 The Bible Exposition Commentary: New Testament, Romans Ch. 8 © 1989 by Warren W. Wiersbe

3. Gems from Tozer: Selections from the Writings of A.W Tozer © 1969 by Zur Ltd.

Is Wednesday/Saturday Evening Church Worship Service Biblical?

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Shidi Church of Christ Gate

Sometimes it seems to me that some of the biblical students have gone through the Bible with magnifier glasses to search in the text of the Scripture to find whether the Bible really contains: “Thou shall have Wednesday church service” or “Thou shall have Saturday church service.” And when they do not find it (I don’t either) then they conclude by saying, “The Bible does not say (usually it goes like, “the Bible does not authorize it”) to have Wednesday/Saturday church service, so we should not (‘must not’ by extremists) have it. Period!

But I wonder whether those students of the Bible use the same magnifier glasses to search what the Bible commands (or authorizes) us to do?

One of the accusations of atheists for God’s existence is this: “There is so much evil in the world, so there cannot be a good and loving God.” But the refutation to that accusation goes: “There is so much evil in the world because there is so much good also in it.” How would you differentiate if you lack one of the two poles? The existence of evil does not nullify the existence of good and loving God or vice-versa.

I think this illustrates the approach of biblical students who search the Scripture to find biblical authority for the church services of Wednesday and Saturday evenings. They see one side of the coin and usually fail to see the other side of the coin. Of course, there is no direct command that church should or must have worship services on Wednesday/Saturday evenings. But there is also no direct prohibition in the Bible!

Well, some may say, ‘God does not need to tell us not to do when He has not commanded it.’ I completely agree with that. But my question is, ‘Does having church services regularly on Wednesday/Saturday evenings displease God? Or are we violating one of the commandments of God by worshipping Him on Wednesdays and Saturdays?’ I do not see any Scriptural reason to deny worship God corporately in any appointed time.

Offer Praise to God Continually

Whether it’s my ignorance or arrogance, I don’t know, but I have not yet come across in the Bible true worship of God bound to time and space. Rather the Bible says, “Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise — the fruit of lips that confess his name. And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” (Hebrews 13:15-16, NIV).

A guy on the webpage asked: “When did Wednesday start to be church day for Christians?”  (http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=400584   accessed July 9, 2013). There were around twenty-three comments to it, but none of them emphatically said it is unbiblical practice. Some, of course, have not heard about it, but others have and attended. One comment goes like “The reason is purely one of convenience—it’s a midweek service, almost precisely halfway between Sunday mornings (3.5 days interval either side). So if you are going to schedule a service other than on Sunday, it’s the ideal time to have one.” I think this should be our approach too to Wednesday/Saturday evening church services in our place instead of arguing against it since we are advised to offer praise to God continually.

Teaching and Admonishment

The Bible says, “And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” (Colossians 3:17, NKJV). The preceding verse to this reads, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” (3:16, NKJV).

The above Scriptural exhortation is very clear that we do everything (including Wednesday/Saturday services) in the authority of Jesus Christ to give thanks to God. By the authority of Jesus Christ through the guidance of the Holy Spirit apostle Paul exhorted the believers to treasure the word of Christ in their hearts richly. It has to be done through teaching and admonishing in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs.

Now ask for yourself, ‘what do we do in Wednesday/Saturday church services?’ Don’t we thank God? Don’t we hear God’s word? Don’t we sing hymns? Yes, we do. Then they accomplish teaching and admonishment as mentioned in Colossians 3:16-17, aren’t they? Thanking God draws close to Him. Hearing God’s word increases our faith. Singing hymns energizes our spiritual life. Alive Christian needs them all!

What we do when we do is to be considered carefully before passing any comment on what or when in matters of opinion of our faith. Remember: “The Lord does not see as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (cf. 1 Samuel 16:7). Any spiritual activity that brings glory to God and edifies the church has to be our pursuit in our journey to eternity.

Let us not be too ignorant of the Scriptures. Let us not to be too arrogant as if we know everything. And let us continue to praise our God and exhort one another in love and humility by taking every opportunity with much prayer and perseverance, for “we must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God.” The Message Bible paraphrased, “Anyone signing up for the kingdom of God has to go through plenty of hard times.” (cf. Acts 14:22).

Why Bother Attending Church Services

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Shidi Church of Christ

“And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works,
not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:24-25)

 

Can you imagine a child or family member of you not showing up home for quite a while and when he is being asked, “what’s wrong with you?”, replying with all-is-well attitude, “Why should I bother going home?”

Well, something like this attitude has been a trend of attending church services in our place today. It is very unfortunate but it is very undeniable fact for the church goers or professing Christians in our place.

I can still recall that in my childhood days (and till my youth) there used to be almost full attendance in almost every church service (as we conduct four general church services in a week, including Sunday worship – three evening services and Sunday morning service). But now this attendance has gone down to a very few countable numbers though none formally left the church, except the deaths.

In fact now besides Sunday morning services, in other evening services, just countable number of members bother to attend the church services. It seems sometimes even the leading pastor is confused whether the worship should start with those few members or wait for some more to come, since it is unexpected from such a big congregation to have such a minimum number of attendees!

Whatever may be the reason for such decline there is serious need to restoring the religious fervor in our local church. While rebuking the church in Ephesus the Lord said, “…you have left your first love. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works….” (Rev. 2:4b). Could He be saying the same thing to our church today? I believe He is. The Bible is very clear that believers should not forsake the assembling together for worship and edification. One thing Bible believing person must not say is that he or she should not go church services. It is against his or her new identity in Christ Jesus.

The Bible says, “And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:24-25). The first century Christians did exactly that, “And they (Christians) continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread and in prayers.” (Acts 2:42).  This is what true Christian does and must do in order to grow in Christ.

Therefore, I urge you my dear brothers and sisters let us not have the attitude of ‘why bother attending church services.’ It is not a Christian attitude. It is not an attitude that should come from the mouth/heart of a child of God. True child of God must long always for hours of worshipping and fellowshipping together to glorify God and to edify one another till Jesus comes again.

A Principle To Change For A Better Society

One of the Christian history makers, while exhorting to a young evangelist, wrote these words in his letter: “Do not rebuke an older man harshly, but exhort him as if he were your father. Treat younger men as brothers, older women as mothers, and younger women as sisters, with absolute purity.” (1Timothy 5:1-2). This was written 1945 years before, around 66 AD! I believe this is one of the finest advices a mentor could give to a mentee or a sensible parents to a dear child. I also believe this is a great principle that has the potential to change the course of human history. In fact, it did in the history of Christianity. But my attempt in this writing is not to prove historical evidences but draw a principle from this text for today’s application.

We hear and see everyday in the news women are being raped mercilessly, parents are abandoned without pity, siblings are reviling against one another over trivial issues, and hosts of other community clashes. All these events and incidents leave us helpless, insecure, and wonder if there is anything good in life! Or to question ourselves ‘what must be done in order to have a decent social life in the 21st century and centuries to come?’

In any case, life is not meant to live in helplessness and insecurity. If it were so, why would one prefers to have a life in the first place? None of our parents may have felt that their lovely girl or boy is going to be worthless! Instead they are proud of their little ones. I hope a father can understand better than I do on this matter. But my point is life is worth living and worthy to achieve its goals and ambitions. But why there is so much wrongs going around us that, one way or the other, put us in a situation where we have to pause and wonder whether life has any purpose at all?

Every now and then the surroundings of heartaches and melancholies in life make us frightful and awful. But God has not left us to wonder around purposelessly in life. Nor does He want us to be in helplessness and insecurity in our social lives. As a matter of fact by His divine wisdom and knowledge, God guided His servants to write what He wanted to communicate to human beings so that they can have a peaceful and harmonious living. One of the writings where the principle of harmonious living is instructed is in First Timothy 5:1-2 (see the quotation above).

If the men in the world realize and understand this principle that we were made to live in a community where an old man is to be treated as a father, an old woman as a mother, and a young lady as a sister, most of the wrongdoings and the delinquencies in the society can be put to an end. And violence, rape, murder, cheat, robbery, and anything against normal social life will soon find themselves a shaky foundation in the society. Any person who loves his family members understands what it means to be hurt by someone whom he dearly loves. Only a fool would dare to venture such hurting on his life. But no sensible man would ever think of hurting anyone whom he dearly loves and cherishes.

It is vital for a man to grasp the importance of having an ideal of fatherhood, motherhood, brotherhood, and sisterhood in the universe in order to live in harmony. It is vital for parents to understand that their children have the principle for harmonious living and making the world a better place to live.

The parents are the first and last school teachers for their children. The success or failure has much to do with the motivations the parents input in their love ones. But no success or failure is defined without a principle to measure with. In the same way, without a principle the wrongdoings of the society cannot be rectified. Therefore it is indispensable to have a principle to get to our feet against the social crimes. First Timothy 5:1-2 is one of the rarest principles the world desperately needs today. This is a principle to change for a better society in the world where we live.

Biblical Perspectives of Loving and Caring Own People – V

This writing continues on the life of Nehemiah, a man of God. He was a man who loved his people and volunteered to go to rebuild the ruined temple walls of Jerusalem, the city of his forefathers. 

A Remarkable! Why should My Face not Look Sad

“Sorrow is better than laughter, because a sad face is good for the heart.”  (Eccl. 7:3)

One day Nehemiah was asked by king Artaxerxes, “Why is your face sad, since you are not sick?” [Neh. 2:2].  As he was his usual duty to serve wine to the king in the palace, Nehemiah served the wine. The king noticed the sad face of Nehemiah which prompted him to ask this question. Often time emotions reveal the motions of the heart.

To show sad face before the king could bring death penalty in those days (see Esther 4:1ff). However, Nehemiah could not hide his deep concern for his people back in Jerusalem. Thus with boldness he said to the king, “Why should my face not  look sad when the city where my fathers are  buried lies in ruins, and its gates have been destroyed by fire?” [Neh. 2:3].

It takes courage to say when you have to say what you want to say. Nehemiah told courageously to the king what he actually wanted. And the king granted his request to visit his people and to rebuild the broken walls of Jerusalem city.

Nehemiah’s daring is admirable. His faith in God is amazing. He prayed to God before he made the request [Neh. 2:4]. He executed the work after a careful plan and research [Neh. 2:7-16]. He mobilized people to trust in God to accomplish the project [Neh. 2:17-20].     

This all happened because a man of God, Nehemiah, had a burden in his heart for the welfare of his people as well as the city of his forefathers. The God of Nehemiah is the same God whom we trust today. If we trust and act with confidence in Him, we can do great work for the welfare of our people.

Is your face, like Nehemiah, sad today because of your concern over the people of your land?

When true love for own people compels, people don’t quietly sit and make whimsical wishes, but they act.  That’s what Nehemiah did. And that’s remarkable! What would be your remarkable work(s)?