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  • Writer's pictureOlufunmilayo Adekusibe

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Today’s Readings:

Acts 4:13-21

Psalm 118:1,14-21

Mark 16:9-15

 

One of the things that Jesus changed in the world by his death and resurrection is our conviction. Often, we do not take people’s words as proof or testimony to the truth. We are a scientifically minded people. Whatever we hold ought to be empirically verifiable and subject to personal observation. Take the event of the Resurrection. For instance. Jesus appeared to Mary Magdalene and told her to go inform his disciples of his resurrection, but they chose not to believe. He appeared to the disciples at Emmaus and they too did not succeed in convincing the disciples. It was not until Jesus appeared to them that they believed, and He reproached them for their stubbornness.


Why is it difficult for us to take other people’s words as truth? Why do we have an issue of

trust when it comes to the truth? 

  • We want to have a first-hand encounter with the truth.

  • We may have suffered betrayal in the past which makes it difficult to trust others.

  • Our present difficulties which are yet unresolved can prevent us from accepting the truth.

  • Some of us experience lethargy and slowness to believe anything we have not experienced by ourselves.

  • We may be afraid of the implications of believing, such as a change of lifestyle and mentality for which we are as yet unprepared.

  • Some may be blinded by grief and sorrow.

  • Some are just plain stubborn and unyielding for reasons best known to us.

 

May God deliver you from the hardness of heart that keeps you from believing what God has revealed in Jesus' name. None of these things should keep us away from the truth which Christ has revealed by his death and resurrection. Let us come to Christ who reveals himself to us each day in His Word and sacraments, and who continues to heal the hearts of the broken, and strengthen people who we once thought were lost and forgotten. Let them be the signs we need to hold on to the truth about Christ. I pray that you will experience Christ as Peter and John did, such that you will be bold in the face of persecution and stubborn for the cause of the Gospel through Christ our Lord. Amen.

                                                                                    JUDE-MARY OWOH


 

To surrender your life to Christ, say this prayer aloud.  “Father, I acknowledge my sin against you. I repent and ask for forgiveness in the name of Jesus. I surrender to the Lordship of Jesus. By the power of Your Holy Spirit, take control of my heart and lead me in your path of righteousness. Thank you, Lord”.

If you said the prayer, Congratulations! Prayerfully look for a living church and report to the resident reverend, pastor or priest.


 

Prayer:

  1. Heavenly Father, accompany us on life’s journey and keep our hearts open to the truth that we need you every step of the way.

  2. Renew us in Your grace each day and transform the world through us in Jesus’ name. Amen.

  3. Lord, may Your mercy overflows and overwhelms my sins.

  4. Help me to be contrite and repentant so that I may truly be joyful, prosperous and peaceful. Lord, I trust in You. Amen

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