Thought for the day
People from the Caucasus formed one of the largest groups of fighters on the side of Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. They claimed to be fighting for the honour of their people and their religion.
Charles Spurgeon asks:
What are God’s battles? Let us here carefully distinguish between the battles of God and our own. Oh, my brothers and sisters in Christ, it is not your business to fight your own battles, not even in defence of your own character…
Frequently, when we get into little strifes, and our blood is roused, we are apt to think that we are fighting the cause of truth, when we are really maintaining our own pride. We imagine that we are defending our Master, but we are defending our own little selves...
Oh! let us not be so little as to fight our own battles! Depend upon it, the noblest means of conquest for a Christian in the matter of calumny and falsehood, is to stand still and see the salvation of God. Sheathe your own sword, put away all your own weapons when you come to fight your own battle, and let God fight for you, and you shall be more than conqueror.
Prayer for the day
Lord, when I hear criticism, help me to discern whether it’s me or whether it’s You being offended, and give me courage to be fearless for You
Respond to a critic on social media with grace.
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