Read 2 Chronicles 17
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Scripture- 2 Chronicles 17:9- They took copies of the Book of the Law of the Lord and traveled around through all the towns of Judah, teaching the people.
Observations- King Jehoshaphat not only worshiped and served God in his own life, but he encouraged others to join him in honoring God. He understood that setting a good example through his own behavior as their leader was important, but it was also vital to teach the truths to be lived out among the people.
Application- St. Francis of Assisi is often misquoted to have said, "Preach the Gospel at all times. Use words if necessary." The point of the quote is to let your actions do the talking, but the fact is St. Francis was probably one of the greatest preachers of his day. His message did have a lot to do with making sure our deeds and words were in alignment for God's glory. It’s simply impossible to "preach the Gospel" without words. If we are to share Good News with people our words- filled with the grace and truth of Jesus Christ- will be required of us. Our actions matter- so does our proclamation about why we do what we do for the One who saved us!
Prayer- (by St. Francis of Assisi- 1182-1226) I beg you, Lord, let the fiery, gentle power of your love take possession of my soul, and snatch it away from everything under heaven,
that I may die for love of your love as you saw fit to die for love of mine. Amen.
"For 'Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.' But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them?
And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, 'How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!'” (Romans 10:13-15),
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