Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
March 31 Scripture Selection: Acts 28
Food for Thought: Acts 28:15
Sometimes believers don’t realize their own value for one another. They don’t understand that their very presence is an encouragement to others, whether it be in a church service or some other opportunity to meet, as in the case of Paul encountering believers before arriving at Rome. Even if it is just to shake their hand and give them a smile, or a warm embrace, or a kind word, it strengthens someone who may really be needing it more than others may know. Conversely, an empty pew and the absence of some brothers and sisters in Christ can have the opposite, disheartening effect.
All through the New Testament, believers are urged to edify one another (i.e., Rom. 14:19; I Thes. 5:11). In addition, Psalm 133 speaks of how the harmony of the brothers and sisters is like the anointing oil flowing from the top of Aaron’s head to the hem of his garment, and there, the blessing of the Lord is.
Because some believers do not understand this, they take very lightly the opportunities to gather together in faith and only consider their own needs. They don’t consider how they can be a blessing to many others just by their appearance, so they deprive the Body of it when they don’t feel like attending. Like in Paul’s days, these are trying times, and we believers need each other!
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):
Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):