Dearly Beloved in Christ,

Greetings to you in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

In Ps. 32:10 says that, “He who trusts in the Lord, mercy shall surround him”. Psalm 32 deals with the spiritual disease of sin, which can be treated by honest acknowledgment and repentance. The first five verses express the an-guish of hiding our guilt and then celebrate the joyful release of confessing and transgressions to God and being forgiven.

God calls us for moral/ethical living. In 1 Thess. 4:1-8 we understand that we have to live a life pleasing to God. Vs. 3 speaks of abstaining form sexual immo-rality, controlling our body in holiness and honor and doing no wrong to our brother. In Vs. 7 we read that God has not called us for impurity but in holiness. Holiness is the distinct quality of a child of God. As God is holy, we the image bearer of God are expected to live a holy life. Holiness is personal, however its effects are seen not merely in the individuals but also on the people with whom he/she comes in contact with. While holiness is a distinct life style as against the worldly, it actually challeng-es us to partner with God to annihilate to darkness and evil forces which negates life. Holiness is the exemplary ethical life that respects the other as they are.

God calls for sacrificial service. When we are in covenant relationship with God and live worthy of God’s calling, we are expected to do a self-emptying service expecting nothing in return. If we are selfish, you give what is left-over, but in love we share what we have. In Mk. 10: 43,44 we read “Whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all”. We also see that the “Son of man came not to be served but to serve and to give His Life in ransom for many”. In risking life for Christs’ sake we have to a) establish an inclusive community, b) raise a prophetic voice against injustice and corruption, c) strive for reconciliation and peace d) protect God’s creation. May God help us to re-spond to God’s call for a committed partnership to affirm God’s creation that declares his glory. May the new month usher in God’s choicest blessings and his guidance to be an agent of peace, reconciliation and change we want to see around us. May God Bless you all.

In Christs’ Service,
With Lots of Love and Prayers
Aji Achen

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