Posts Tagged ‘Hymns’


Colossians 3:15-17
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

I was chatting with my ex-colleague and friend from Dubai yesterday and in the course of the conversation got three pieces of sad news. An ex-colleague lost her husband in a car accident in Nigeria yesterday, another ex-colleague’s husband has been jailed because of trumped up charges and no lawyer will represent him because the ruler of the city is involved and a third colleague has filed for divorce because her husband tried to kill her. All these have occurred in the span of a few weeks and my friends are all upset and feeling helpless. In today’s passage, Paul talks about the peace of Christ ruling our hearts and one might wonder why God would give that word to us in such difficult times and how we could possibly have peace when the world is at war?

Paul lived a hazardous life as did many children of God and most importantly Jesus Christ himself. Jesus warns all who follow him that in this new life, we will have trouble but we are not to worry for He overcame the world for us (Jn. 16:33). The peace of Christ rests upon us from the moment we submit ourselves into His hand and even though we face challenges, we are comforted. The word of God gives us assurances time and again about God’s promises and we therefore need to immerse ourselves in the word to be able to draw strength from it. Furthermore, we are called not just to be hearers of the word but to teach, correct each other, worship God through song and praise showing our gratitude to Him. Everything we do, we need to do it in the name of the Lord Jesus, always thanking God the Father through Him and by that the peace of God which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Phil. 4:7).

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy

John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

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Acts 16:25-31
About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everybody’s chains came loose. The jailer woke up, and when he saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself because he thought the prisoners had escaped. But Paul shouted, “Don’t harm yourself! We are all here!” The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.”

As we continue to journey with the disciples in their travels with the gospel from Jerusalem now to Turkey, we see the Holy Spirit working in powerful ways in the lives of people of different tribes and tongues. No longer is gospel (Good News) of Jesus Christ restricted to Jews but also to the rest of the world. In today’s passage, there is a twist. The last time Paul was jailed, an angel of God whisked him away to safety but this time around, he and Silas did not move from their cell even though the jail doors were flung open by the earthquake. What caused them to stay back and why would the Lord use such trying circumstances in their lives to affect the jailer and his family’s life?

Note that Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God. Even though they were just stripped and beaten, their response was not moaning to God but praising God, an act of total foolishness or an act of faith because they could see beyond the physical beating. The jailer’s heart was hardened due to his job where he dealt with the worst of men. God chose to reach him in the place where he was least likely to believe and only because God loved him. Paul and Silas knew their lives were not their own anymore because they had offered it to God for his glory. What pain we face in life is nothing in comparison to the pain God went through when he sacrificed his own son Jesus Christ to save us from sin and an eternity with satan. Lets stop looking at the difficulties in our lives and crying about it, instead, lets offer praise to God for what he can achieve when we are broken for his light to shine through us.

In His Loving Service,
Vineet

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