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You see, we are all called to run a race for Jesus, and repentance is the starting line of that race. It’s futile to try to run the race if you never made it to the starting line to begin with! This is the problem with many believers today. They are trying to follow the Lord, but they have never truly repented and surrendered their lives to Jesus Christ. The result of the false gospel so prevalent today can be seen in churches full of half-hearted Christians whose lives are still centered on selfishness and the principles of the world. Jesus came to bring the kingdom of God to the earth. He came to completely transform individuals, families and nations from the inside out – a radical revolution that would change the world through obedient, blood-bought servants who are willing to bow their knee and say, “Lord, after all You have done for me, what would You have me do for You?” – WRITTEN BY BROTHER YUN

Thursday, April 28, 2016

VIRTUOUS WOMAN - 2 (LOVE YOUR MOTHER IN LAW)



In the chapter of Ruth, Bible talks about a family who lived in Judah. 

The name of the man was Elimelech, the name of his wife was Naomi, and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Chilion...” – Ruth 1:2

There was a famine in the land of Judah and so he along with his family went to the country of Moab and remained there. Everything seems to be fine in their life but one day Elimelech died and Naomi became a widow. She wanted to find wives for his sons and instead of finding a bride from her nation she took wives for his sons from the country of Moab which actually was a traditional enemy to Israel.  

One of her daughter in law was Ruth. Ruth was not an Israelite woman. She was a Moabite woman. She would have married with so much of dreams and thoughts. She lived with her husband for nearly ten years but yet she was barren. One day her husband died. She became a widow at a young age. 

She might have sat and analysed the things. Her father in law died followed by her husband and brother in law. Every man in that family has died. She would have felt so much disappointed that she could not have a child through her husband. She might have felt that she was cheated by Naomi as every man has died in their family. 

One day her mother in law decided to return to her country from Moab. She had never asked the opinion of Ruth or the other daughter in law. Naomi herself decided everything and went on her way along with her daughter in laws. At one point she asked them to return back to their mother’s home. 

Think about the condition of Ruth. She had a hope when she got married to one of the sons of Naomi but later all her hopes were shattered. All in a sudden her mother in law took a decision to move out of the country where she lived from her childhood. And again suddenly she was asked to go back to her mother’s house. 

Ruth had all rights to get angry upon her mother in law. If I was in the place of Ruth, I would have thought that Naomi became crazy and unstable. Ruth has so many reasons to run away from her mother in law and to hate her. 

But my dear young women, you have to note that Ruth never got disappointed with her mother in law. Her husband and father in law died and she had no one to monitor the way she is going to behave with her mother in law. But yet Ruth loved her mother in law and respected her. 

Naomi had no hope about her own future and so she asked Ruth to leave her and go to her house. Ruth also had no clear picture about her future days if she decides to go along with her mother in law but yet she made a firm decision to stay with her mother in law and she said:
“...Entreat me not to leave you, Or to turn back from following after you; For wherever you go, I will go; And wherever you lodge, I will lodge; Your people shall be my people, And your God, my God.  Where you die, I will die, And there will I be buried. The Lord do so to me, and more also, If anything but death parts you and me.” – Ruth 1:16,17
I was so surprised when I read the above verse. When Ruth took a decision and spoke the above words she never spoke anything about her own future. All she had spoke was about being with her mother in law. I wonder why Ruth had never spoke about her marriage or about the blessings of her own life.  
She spoke only about her life with her mother in law. She never spoke about parting ways. She spoke about togetherness because she loved her mother in law.
She got grace in the sight of Boaz because of the way she treated her mother in law. Bible clearly records that in Ruth 2:11 “And Boaz answered and said to her, “It has been fully reported to me, all that you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband...”
Also in Ruth chapter 3 we read the counsel Ruth get through her mother-in-law which brought great blessings in the life of Ruth. Ruth obeyed the advice gave by Naomi and she got Boaz as her husband and she gave birth to Obed who was the grandfather of King David.
Her name was written in the genealogy of Jesus Christ as “...Boaz begot Obed by Ruth...”-Matthew 1:5
My dear young women, are you loving your mother-in-law? You might say hundred of reasons that why you hate your mother-in-law. But today God wants you to love your mother-in-law as Ruth loved and obeyed her mother-in-law. If you do so, today God says that through you, His generation will be revealed and you will be blessed.
You will be surely a virtous woman if you love your mother-in-law without any bitterness and give respect to her. At the end of your life, God is not going to judge you by the reasons you are going to give Him but by the way you live according to His will and not according to your own priority and desires. God bless you.

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