STRIVE TO REMAIN WITH JESUS
📕Acts 15:1-6; Ps 122:1-2, 3-4ab, 4cd-5 (R.v.1); John 15:1-8
The devil is not happy when the house of God thrives in faith and enjoys great peace. Consider that in the light of the contributions of the Jews towards the building of the early Christian community (Acts 15:1).
They know that their insistence on circumcision would hinder more gentiles from embracing the faith. Remember that for an average Jew, salvation is prerogative of the Jews only (cf. Acts 11:2-3 – Peter was accused of feasting with the gentiles).
Today, that same devil plays different pranks on the children of God through many difficulties especially in relation to our faith. He wants to drag us away from our source of life, that is Christ.
Remember that we are just branches of the major stem, which is Christ. If we remain in him, despite the difficulties, we shall bear much fruit (John 15:5) and then gain the attention of the Father (John 15:2).
So, “Be calm but vigilant because your enemy, the devil is prowling round like a roaring lion looking for someone to eat. Stand up to him, strong in faith, knowing that our brothers all over the world are suffering the same thing” (1Pet 5:8-9).
Just know that none of your difficult situations shall last forever. It shall come to pass, but in the latter days (cf. Isa 2:2). So you need to be patient with God.
May God continue to assist you with the necessary graces as you strive daily to remain in Christ amid the daily challenges of life. Amen.
Have a consoling and grace-filled day ahead. Peace be with you.