Judging

January 16 “Judging” The royal law … love thy neighbour as thyself. —James 2:8 Read James 2 Something was not right in the congregation to which James was writing. They judged people by outward appearances and favoured certain people over others. Rich and important people were given places of honour in a worship service, while…

Happiness

January 15 “Happiness” He that despiseth his neighbour sinneth. —Proverbs 14:21 Read Proverbs 14:1-21 In verse 21, the term “sinneth” contrasts with “happiness” and the term “despiseth” with “mercy.” And so there are two ways of dealing with your neighbour: despising him or showing mercy to him. Why do we despise other people? Is it…

Friends

January 14 “Friends” Bringing one sick of the palsy, which was borne of four. —Mark 2:3 Read Mark 2:1-12 Most likely you have some close friends with whom you can laugh, and cry, and talk, sharing all your thoughts. But do you have friends that you can speak about the Lord Jesus with? Or is…

Faith

January 13 “Faith” Then Jesus went with them. —Luke 7:6 Read Luke 7:1-10 In our Scripture passage we come across a remarkable centurion. One would expect that he would be a Roman oppressor of Jews, but in fact, he was not. On the contrary, he was a learned man who had an interest in the…

The Truth

January 12 “The truth” Speak every man truth with his neighbour. —Ephesians 4:25 Read Ephesians 4:17-32 When the old man is put off, our attention is directed to the lusts of our flesh. When the new man is put on, we are led by the Holy Spirit. After saying these things, Paul continues with the…

Love

January 11 “Love” Love worketh no ill to his neighbour. —Romans 13:10 Read Romans 13:8-14 The various commandments Paul mentions in this Scripture passage can only be fulfilled when a person is filled with love, for love is the fulfilling of the law. Love guarantees that no evil will befall our neighbour. After the fall,…

Meekness

January 10 “Meekness” Wherefore smitest thou thy fellow? —Exodus 2:13 Read Exodus 2:11-25 Moses was faced with a choice in Egypt: either enjoy riches there or suffer affliction with the people of God. By faith he chose the latter, the good part. However, in his haste, he killed an Egyptian and tried to conceal the…

The Fruit of Faith

January 9 “The fruit of faith” Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. —Leviticus 19:18 Read Leviticus 19:11-18 One can recognize a true Christian by his deeds; they are a fruit of faith. Sometimes we can win over our neighbour by our godly walk. Can this also be said of you and me? Perhaps you…

Forgiveness

January 8 “Forgiveness” Am I my brother’s keeper? —Genesis 4:9 Read Genesis 4:1-16 Yesterday we were confronted with a moving example of neighbourly love. Today we are faced with a bad example; the first family that existed was confronted with a murder committed by a son. Two sons in this family had the same parents…

Whose Neighbour am I?

January 7 “Whose neighbour am I?” Go, and do thou likewise. —Luke 10:37 Read Luke 10:25-37 In verse 25 we read the most important question that we can ask: What shall I do to inherit eternal life? Was this question raised merely out of curiosity, or to cause a disturbance, or for some other reason?…