Responsibility for Creating Still Waters By Rev Eastwood Anaba
THE WORD SIROCCO
Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Theme: The Great Shepherd
Topic: Responsibility for Creating Still Waters
Luke 4:18-19; Psalm 23:1-6; John 14:26-27
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
I will tell you a true story: Several years ago, when I was the chairman of the International Presbytery of our ministry, the Fountain Gate Chapel, I noticed deep divisions among the pastors throughout the country. I tried to resolve the issues by blaming the pastors for the widespread confusion among us. After a while, I was convicted one day during my prayer time to take responsibility for what was going on. I realised that the partiality I showed in my relationship with the pastors was partly responsible for the divisions. I repented and started relating with the pastors whom I thought did not agree with me on various issues. After taking responsibility, the pastors started relating well with one another.
Jesus Christ took responsibility for the still waters or peace of the Church. Jesus promises and gives His flock peace. He gives us peace through the presence and ministry of the Holy Ghost. A pastor/leader should create a peaceful environment in his or her church. He or she has the responsibility to remove divisions, unrest and bitterness from the church.
When there is division in a church, the pastor should do well to examine himself or herself. A pastor should make the necessary sacrifices and humble himself or herself to bring peace to the church. Let us take the responsibility to create still waters in our environment and stop blaming others or depending on them to provide it for us.
1. Pray for the grace to take responsibility for the creation of peace in our environments.
2. Pray for humility and the strength to make the necessary sacrifices for peace to prevail in your environment.
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