Sunday, February 23, 2014
Read: Genesis 13:1-18 & Matthew 5:9
“…Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between me and thee, and between my herdmen and thy herdmen; for we be brethren” (Genesis 13:8 KJV).
Abraham and his nephew Lot needed to settle a family issue regarding farmland because the area where they lived could not support both of them (Gen. 13:6). Scuffles broke out between their herdsmen. Abraham bravely took the first step toward peace, noting the need for harmony since they were “close relatives”. Rivalries, arguments and disagreements among believers can be destructive. They damage goodwill, trust and peace; hamper progress toward important goals; and make us self-centred rather than love-centred.
Abraham humbly allowed Lot to take his choice of any section of land he wanted before their separation. This offer showed that family relationships were more important to Abram than satisfying his self-interest. Imagine what might have happened if he had left Lot in a cloud of dust, yelling over his shoulder. Instead, Abram kept his word and allowed Lot to settle in the Lush Jordan valley, while he set up in Canaan (Gen. 13:11-12).
Abram’s action shows how humility, generosity, and selflessness can help us navigate through rough spots with our relatives.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, help me to paralyze all spiritual wolves against my peace and human relations, and help me to always maintain peace! Amen.
PEACE ON EARTH!
(From ‘The Voice of Christ Today, 2014 Edition’ Daily Inspiration for Personal and Family Devotion, Page 60. A publication of The World International Sacred Peace Movement, Grouped Soul).