DCLM Daily Manna December 9th 2019 – Peace With Holiness

DCLM Daily Manna

DCLM Daily Manna December


TEXT: HEBREWS 12:14-17.

🔑KEY VERSE “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord” (HEBREWS 12:14).

Sister Joy lived in a hostel with a lady belonging to another religion in her final year in the university.

This lady exhibited all forms of hatred and ill will against Joy in line with her religious beliefs.

But Joy was loving and caring. Her attempts to preach Christ to this roommate were viciously rejected. But one day in the heat of their final exams, sister Joy came to the hostel to see some clothes washed by her roommate and others unwashed.

She ironed those that were washed and washed those unwashed. When the other lady returned, she could not believe her eyes.

She apologised to Joy for all her cruelty and asked her to lead her to Christ.

The text exhorts, or rather commands, the believers to follow peace “with all men and holiness” as these are requirements to see God at last.

Also, the believer must avoid anything that will make him fail of the grace of God or cause bitterness that leads to defilement.

Peace is paramount in the life of man whether in the family, community, church or in a nation. Because our Christ is the Prince of Peace, he expects His Church to live in peace with one another and with all men.

Every true child of God must be a peacemaker. To make for peace in the church especially, we must avoid every form of bias or prejudice based on tribe, education, gender, wealth, etc.

Every believer must be treated equally with the love of Christ. Fault-finding, gossip, carnal comparisons, unforgiving spirit, etc. must be avoided.

It must be a strange thing for any true child of God to be the source of discord in the church by discussing others included leaders in their absence, instigating wives against their husbands or church members against leadership.

✍THOUGHT FOR THE DAY The God of peace begets children of peace.


MEDITATION – DCLM Daily Manna December

The only Christian option

1. Four possibilities, only one godly way to follow v14
a. Live with neighbours with no regard for peace and holiness – satanic option.
b. Live with neighbours with regard for peace but no regard for holiness – sinful and ungodly compromise.
c. Live with neighbours with regard for holiness but with no regard for peace – fake, hypocritical and sanctimonious holiness. –DCLM Daily Manna December
d. Following the way of holiness and peace with neighbours – the only narrow way to heaven. This is the only way that needs grace to follow while others need no grace from Christ.
Q Which of the options is always your choice in dealing with neighbours?
Note that the commandment is not to follow peace and holiness with a selected few but with all men.
Your choice is always a state of your heart and the deposit of grace you have.
Lord, I hereby resolve to live in peace and holiness with all my neighbours without exception. Give me abundant grace to start it now🙏
Lord, change my nature and do a deeper work of grace in me and make me a peacemaker bringing forth the fruits of peace and forgiveness at all times🙏

2. The danger of not following peace and holiness with all men vv14-17. – DCLM Daily Manna December.
a. You will not be able to see God in time and eternity v14.
b. Bitterness and unforgiving spirit, like a cancer, will destroy and defile your spirit man v15.
c. Unnecessary trouble, tension and tumults in relationships v15.
d. Irretrievable loss of divinely destined and appointed portions, positions and priviledges v17.
Note “No place for repentance” means Esau’s tears, crying and prayers could not change God’s mind.
Lord of mercy, restore to me all that I have lost through unforgiving spirit, quarrelling and aggressiveness against the weak and those who are stronger than me🙏
Lord, bring back the true Christian living of peace and holiness among your children.🙏

HYMN Gracious Spirit, dwell with me – DCLM Daily Manna December

1 GRACIOUS Spirit, dwell with me!
I myself would gracious be,
And with words that help and heal
Would thy life in mine reveal;
And with actions bold and meek
Would for Christ my Saviour speak.

2 Truthful Spirit, dwell with me!
I myself would truthful be,
And with wisdom kind and clear
Let thy life in mine appear;
And with actions brotherly
Speak my Lord’s sincerity.

3 Tender Spirit, dwell with me!
I myself would tender be;
Shut my heart up like a flower
At temptation’s darksome hour,
Open it when shines the sun,
And his love by fragrance own.

4 Mighty Spirit, dwell with me!
I myself would mighty be,
Mighty so as to prevail
Where unaided man must fail,
Ever by a mighty hope
Pressing on, and bearing up.

5 Holy Spirit, dwell with me!
I myself would holy be,
Separate from sin, I would
Choose, and cherish all things good;
And whatever I can be
Give to him who gave me thee.

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