Scripture Reading: John 3:30
Let us begin today’s reflection with this counsel from St. Augustine, “Humility is the foundation of all the other virtues hence, in the soul in which this virtue does not exist there cannot be any other virtue except in mere appearance.” Lacking humility may sometimes not be known to us so let therefore learn from St. Josemaria seventeen signs of lack of humility thus, “Thinking that what you do or say is better than what others do or say; Always wanting to get your own way; Arguing when you are not right or — when you are — insisting stubbornly or with bad manners; Giving your opinion without being asked for it,
Scripture Reading: Romans 14:19
Let us continue with our lessons on growing wonderful traits that make us God’s favourites and instruments of change to the whole world:
Purity: “Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe.” (1 Timothy 4:12) “Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers to abstain from fleshly lusts which wage war against the soul.” (1 Peter 2:11)Jesus, may I run to You and away from temptation in the midst of this crooked and perverse generation.
Scripture Reading:2 Peter 1:6
Yesterday we reflected on your character matters; today pray that God would grow your character through the twelve traits that will be treated today and will be concluded tomorrow.
Kindness: “Thus has the Lord of hosts said, “Dispense true justice and practice kindness and compassion each to his brother.” (Zechariah 7:9) “So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” (Colossians 3:12) Lord, create in me a heart that practices compassion and kindness.
Scripture Reading: Romans 5:4
As attitude determines altitude, likewise character determines what people will say about you now and in the future. Character, be it good or bad, is a distinctive quality that could repel someone from others or attract someone to others. One of the things that will remain in one’s memory long after you have met them is your character. Character lingers in the heart of men for long; that is why it is essential to exhibit good character at the first encounter you have with anybody irrespective of the state of your mind. A positive character makes you very appealing, attractive and interesting to relate with, while bad character repels good people from you. Good characters manifest in form of patience, meekness, kindness, goodness, gentleness and self-control, while bad character manifests in the form of pride, outbursts of wrath and ego. Character has been confirmed to be more marketable than what you can see or behold. Character is an inestimable gift that you cannot buy at any market place. When you have it, you have all things, when you lack it, you lose all things. Spirituality is not a substitute for good character.
Scripture Reading: Numbers 20:7-9
Moses is one of my most favourite persons in the Bible. I enjoy the information from the scriptures on his relationship with God, and this instance was not different. I found myself wondering if Moses had merely heard God without listening in this moment. Maybe he assumed that he had this under control since he had been down this path before with bringing forth water from a rock. Regardless, I could not get away from the simple statement of Moses being before the glory of the Lord and disobeying the instruction of the Lord. I believe God wants us to learn something on this account even in our day. Familiarity is a thief to the promises of God.
Scripture Reading: Numbers 20:7-9
I have a question for you that I have had to ask myself as of late, and that question is, “Is the glory of God in your life a place of familiarity or a place of intimacy with Christ?” We must be willing to ask the hard questions and to answer them in Spirit and in truth.
The thought of familiarity hit me one morning while spending time with the Lord in the chapel. My mind directed me to Numbers 20:2-13, and I saw something I had not noticed until now. A simple statement was about to make all the difference in my understanding of how familiarity with His glory comes at a cost that is not meant to be paid. God desires intimacy over familiarity.