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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for January 16, 2020

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THURSDAY, January 16

Deuteronomy 20:8 The officials shall continue to address the troops, saying, "Is anyone afraid or disheartened? He should go back to his house, or he might cause the heart of his comrades to melt like his own."

From The Archives: August 31, 1972

Cowardice is contagious. So is courage. Furnishing an example can be one of the greatest influences a person can have. When faced with danger and conflict, it is better for the coward to stand aside and not turn the whole company into trembling jelly. Apply this to the church as one of its members or to yourself as you fight your lonely battles against evil.

Remember Deuteronomy 20:4. There is no need for faint-heartedness or fear, or alarms, “for the Lord your God is going with you, to fight for you,” and with you. Saint Paul makes it more vivid when he talked of entering the fray, but well-armed, having put on the whole armor of God: “Be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.”

MOVING FORWARD: Who is the bravest person you know? Find a way to thank them for their example.

Read the contemporary reflection here.

Pray for the Diocese of Gwagwalada (Nigeria)

Ps 18:1-20 * 18:21-50 | Genesis 4:17-26 | Hebrews 3:1-11 | John 1:43-51



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