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The Good Seed - Wednesday, July 1, 2020
by GBV Dillenburg GmbH

Always be ready to give a defence to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear.
1 Peter 3:15

Living a life of practical righteousness can lead to questions being asked in an unjust world. Do we then evade them, change the subject or remain silent? We should take advantage of the chance to state truly and clearly what our hope is!

This hope is in us. It may be invisible to outsiders, but it is active within us, keeping us going on the pathway of faith. It is our hope for the future in which God will finally ensure righteousness in every respect.

This matter has two sides: God will one day reward all that is good, but also punish all that is evil. For what every disciple has done out of love towards Jesus he will hear the words: “Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things” (Matthew 25:23). Whoever reads the New Testament ascertains that the writers found this a spur and an encouragement. Their life on earth consisted often enough in renunciation and poverty, and for some ended in martyrdom. But they knew that in the end it was worth it. The Lord, for whom we undergo it all, is worthy of it. And He will not consider it all for nothing!

On the other hand, “It is a righteous thing with God to repay with tribulation those who trouble you” (2 Thessalonians 1:6). All the unrighteousness that occurs in this world, especially that suffered by His children, does not escape God’s attention. Every righteous deed will be rewarded. And equally, all the injustice will be judged. Both these aspects are part of the hope to which we testify.

Today’s reading: Leviticus 15:1-33 · Psalm 63:1-12


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