04 October: Claiming Compensation

Today’s chapter is about an upside-down approach to our rights…

READ 1 CORINTHIANS 6  Make notes, if you’d like, of what stands out for you. Feel free to use the “Leave a Comment” box below to also write some of your thoughts.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:

After installing two new radiators in our room and hooking up all the pipes to work wonderfully, Mark woke up worried the next morning. Between us, we’d decided that although the system was working, the pipes weren’t connected the way we thought they should be. He lifted the floor boards, cut the pipes again and reconnected them – our way. The radiators didn’t heat up and by the time we’d tested the system to confirm that it wasn’t working, we’d basically ruined the boiler.

I had to apologise to Mark for my part. I was feeding him ‘intuitive’ advice when I should have just said, “Don’t ask me, let’s go to the DIY manual.” After looking it up, we found that the pipes were right the first time. But by now, Mark had lost a day’s work, had the expense of buying more connectors for the third time, and we were also without hot water until the boiler man could come out to fix the boiler.

For me to trust in my Creator God and His Word, I need to read His Manual for Life. In it is a wealth of information on various everyday situations. Today two things are covered in this chapter and both relate to the one basic fact: …I am not my own belonging, I’ve been bought at a price. [v19,20]

This chapter today tells me that I need to take an upside-down approach to claiming compensation – that I should just be wronged and be cheated without retaliation. [v7]  Even if I don’t take people to court, I exact compensation from them in my behaviour and attitude until I get an apology and my rights recognised. I need to take an upside-down approach to my rights. While everything may be permissible, not everything is beneficial. [v12]  I have no claim to ‘compensate myself’ as a basic human right, because even my body belongs to my Maker [v13], and I’m one with Him in spirit. [v17]  Because I have been bought at a price – therefore – I want to now honour God with my body. [v20]  Read more? … CLICK to follow “04 October – Additional Notes”

But what about your thoughts – can you tell me what today’s “breadcrumb” is? Leave a note in the “Comments” box below to tell me what you think God is saying to you, through today’s chapter.

THE LORD’S PRAYER:

   1.   Praise: “Our Father in Heaven, how great is Your name! Your Kingdom come! Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven…”

I praise You God for Your mighty deeds and for Your answer to prayer. Shout joyfully to God, all the earth! [Psalm 66:1]

   2.   Ask: “…Give us today our daily bread…”

  • The World: Homeless and poor in the Philippines[a]
  • Your Nation: Your country’s involvement in world affairs
  • Yourself: Deeper love for the Lord
  • Your concerns for today
Father, my heart’s desire and my prayer to You for those I care about, is for their salvation. [Romans 10:1]

   3.   Admit: “…Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us…”

Lord thank-you for being willing to make an everlasting covenant with us – that You’ll put the fear of God in our hearts so that we’ll not turn away from You. [Jeremiah 32:40]

   4.   Protect: “…Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one…”

Help me Lord to never turn my ear away from listening to the law. If I do, even my prayer will be detestable to You. [Proverbs 28:9]

“ For Yours Lord is the Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory for ever and ever. Amen”

THIS WEEK’S MEMORY VERSE: Topic = A Good Caretaker

Jesus said: “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” [Matthew 6:33]

[a] http://www.operationworld.org/country/phil/owtext.html

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