Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:” (Heb. 12: 14).
READ: Hebrews 12:12-15
Godly wisdom means to be without hypocrisy. Anything done with the slightest shade of hypocrisy is unacceptable to God. If you have a hypocrite as a friend, you face great danger (Pro. 25:19). Moreover, James 3:18 says, “And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace”. Peace is very crucial both to us and to those we have personal relationships with. Proverbs 17:1 says, “Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than an house full of sacrifices with strife”. Whatever you have to do to maintain your inner peace must be done. Hebrews 12:14 says, “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:”. In other words, in order to see God, you need more than holiness. You also need to follow peace with your neighbour. If you say you are holy but you are not at peace with your fellow man, you may not enter Heaven. Revelation 21:27 says, “And there shall in no wise enter into it anything that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life”. People are amazed at the ease with which I forgive my offenders. I tell them it is because I do not want anybody to hinder me from entering that glorious eternal abode of the righteous.
Let me share with you the personal experience of my father-in-the Lord, Pa Akindayomi. He once came across a tract which, after it was read to him, he thought would be good for evangelism. Because he was not a literate person and did not know anything about copyright laws, reproduced the tracts and began to distribute them. One day, someone from organization who authored the tracts saw people using it and reported to their organization. Consequently, they asked Baba Akindayomi to go fetch the remaining tracts from home and burn everything. This pained Baba to his bones. Later, a member of our church died and during the burial, those who burnt the tracts were present. Baba took this opportunity to preach on what they did and hit them hard until virtually everyone realized what they did. When Baba died, he got to the gate of Heaven and the angels showed him his mansion, but denied him entry until he returned and settled with the men in question. On his return, he immediately sent for them and made peace with them. After that, he went to glory. However, not everyone will be this fortunate. You should make peace with those who have offended you today. Tomorrow may be late.
Prayerfully examine your sour relationships. List those who have wronged you and those you wronged and make peace with both groups.
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