Scripture Reading: Ephesians 5:1-19
Have you ever been tempted to think, “How I wish that the paradise God initially created is what we are enjoying now?” Though we lost it through Adam’s disobedience; however, we got a better deal in Christ Jesus. Today that desire of paradise can also be achieved by creating and promoting an atmosphere of godliness. This is an atmosphere charged with love and care for one another. It is an atmosphere that promotes divine knowledge, divine experience, and divine encounter. An atmosphere that will help us encounter God always, live a better life and make godly impacts in the lives of people around us. An atmosphere where only what happens within it is what God likes. It is the atmosphere where we plant the seed that will eventually yield the fruits of the Holy Spirit. The Lord teaches us that it is an atmosphere in which happenings within it are products of the Holy Spirit. Hear St. Paul in Galatians 5:22: “…The Spirit produces love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, humility and self-control.” It is an atmosphere devoid of hatred, sorrow, war, intolerance, wickedness, evil things, faithlessness in God, ungodly ways and ungodly things, pride and pervasiveness. Is this type of atmosphere possible? Yes. Verse 1 of our scriptural reference says, “Since you are God’s dear children, you must try to be like Him.” Have you tried to act like Jesus especially in situations where you are hurt, abused or mocked? In Luke 22:63 the scripture says, “The men who were guarding Jesus mocked Him and beat Him. They blindfolded Him and asked Him, who hit You? Guess! And they said many other insulting things to him.” And hear what Isaiah 53:7 said about how He responded: “He was treated harshly, but endured it humbly; He never said a word. Like a lamb about to be slaughtered, like a sheep about to be sheared, He never said a word.” Most times we create or mar godly atmosphere by the way we react or respond to situations around us. Once we are like God, automatically we will begin to exhibit what Verse 2 of our scriptural reference states: “Your life must be controlled by love.” If everyone is controlled by love, this world will not be far from paradise; a better place to live in. If love as instructed by God controls our lives, hear what 1 Corinthians13:4 states about how love behaves: “Love is patient and kind; it is not jealous or conceited or proud; love is not ill-mannered or selfish or irritable; love does not keep a record of wrongs; love is not happy with evil, but is happy with truth. Love never gives up; and its faith, hope, and patience never fail.” If we allow love to work in our heart, that is to allow love to have its course, it will make our world, homes, the church, work places serene, peaceful and joyful to live in. This is the reason the only force allowed in the life
of a Christian is the force of love which makes godliness to thrive. Our words, actions, thoughts should promote godliness. We can begin this atmosphere of godliness from our homes, the type of programs we watch on the television, the books we have in our homes, also the pictures hanging around the walls of our homes should reflect the person of God. Let’s start from our homes and gradually to our church community, schools and other public institutions, and indeed the country at large.
As Jesus decried the level of ungodliness in the temple, so also Pope Francis is calling on all to eradicate the atmosphere he described as the “atmosphere of war.” We can do that by putting into practice what St. Francis taught us in his prayers. “Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.” Let us, following the admonitions of St. Francis create a godly atmosphere by chasing hatred away with the actions of love, by healing injury through forgiveness and mercy, by establishing faith wherever doubt is found, raising the hopes of people, especially those who are about to quit, by dispelling darkness through turning on the light of Christ through good conduct. Uprooting sorrow and planting joy. A Christian writer once stated, “Character and conduct are the two attributes in us that we can use to promote godliness only if they are guided by the principle of love and fear of God.” Titus 3:1c therefore charges us, “To be ready to do good in every way.” Let us therefore bring forth, “…a rich harvest of every kind of goodness, righteousness, and truth.” (Verse 9)
Rev. 20: 1-4. 11 —21: 2; Ps 84: 3. 4. 5-6a and 8a; (R. Rev 21:3b); Accl Lk 21:28; Lk21:29-33
- CATHERINE ALEXANDRIA, V.M.
- In humble adoration say, “Lord, I thank You, I praise and glorify You, because You are God of goodness.”
- Take seriously and meditatively the prayer of “Self Surrender to God.” (Two times today.)
- Take seriously and meditatively the prayer of “Spiritual Renewal” (Two times today.)
3 Every power working against my ability to create a godly atmosphere be destroyed now and permanently in Jesus name.
4 Take the prayer of St. Francis with the commitment in your heart to live it out.
Exercise: You have just been given a new appointment by God today, to drive away ungodly atmosphere by what you do, say or think as a child of God. Hope you make Jesus happy in this appointment.
Memory Verse: Ephesians 5:15-16