DCLM Daily Manna 5 September 2019 Devotional – Sacrificial Love, written by Pastor W. F. Kumuyi.
TODAY’S TOPIC: SACRIFICIAL LOVE
TEXT: 1 Samuel 20:24-34
KEY VERSE: “Then Saul’s anger was kindled against Jonathan, and he said unto him, Thou son of the perverse rebellious woman, do not I know that thou hast chosen the son of Jesse to thine own confusion, and unto the confusion of thy mother’s nakedness?” – (1 Samuel 20:30).
MESSAGE: DCLM Daily Manna 5 September 2019 Devotional
Sometimes, a believer may be wrongly accused of an action which he may have carried out with good intention. This may be as a result of the accusers’ inability to perceive the deep spiritual connotation and implication of the action. When this happens, the believer should not back-step or renege in the pursuance of his/her good cause.
From the text, King Saul wanted Jonathan his son to understand that David was a threat to his own future. Jonathan was accused of choosing David to his own peril and that was perceived as a disloyalty to his own royal family. As Jonathan refused to yield to his father’s evil plan, Saul attempted to kill him with the javelin in his hand. But divine power made him to escape death. Despite King Saul’s threat to Jonathan’s life, he still maintained his unshaken faithfulness to David.
David was absent at his duty in the palace for self-preservation. Jonathan understood this, and therefore tried hard to defend him before his father. Jonathan did not see David as an ordinary friend. He took him as a member of his own family. To take God’s people as one’s people is a good thing as it will yield a positive dividend to us at the end of the day, though the ungodly may count this against us today.
- Today: DCLM Daily Manna 5 September 2019 by Pastor W. F. Kumuyi.
Just as Jonathan had a selfless sacrificial love for David, all believers are expected to love their fellow believers sacrificially and selflessly. A believer should not support anyone, however close, to commit murder. Whatever a believer loses today for the Kingdom’s sake will be reaped a hundredfold in eternity.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Eternal gain is better than the temporal.
DAILY BIBLE READING: Psalm 89-91
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