Daily reading: 9 April

Live a Christian life and 'walk just as Jesus walked'.

Something to read

… whoever says, ‘I abide in him’, ought to walk just as he walked… Whoever loves a brother or sister lives in the light, and in such a person there is no cause for stumbling. But whoever hates another believer is in the darkness, walks in the darkness, and does not know the way to go, because the darkness has brought on blindness.

1 John 2:3-11

Something to think about

If you want to know how to live a Christian life then these verses make it abundantly clear. We must ‘walk just as Jesus walked.’ I love those words. These are words of action, telling us to act as he did.

Having had the opportunity to visit Christian Aid partners, through Commitment for Life, I have been humbled to see partners who understand that we cannot hate our brother or sister. The passage tells us we will walk blindly through life if we do not live, or work for peace with our fellow companions.

In Central America, gender based violence against women and targeted murders of young people is on the increase. Finding ways to protect vulnerable people and to transform conflict through peaceful methods is of high priority. Christian Aid partner, Fespad monitor human rights and work on systems to uphold those rights which are vital in helping to lobby for change. Iniciativa Social Para La Democracia ISD in El Salvador works with many agencies to build trust and break down the barriers created by the machissmo society. Cecibel experienced domestic violence but workshops provided by ISD have helped her daughter remain safe. Now she says her daughter is a “woman's rights defender.”

Something to pray

God of compassion, we pray for all who work to help improve the lives of peoples in Central America, especially in El Salvador. We give thanks for all who work to reconcile communities, working with the existing gang culture to help move the country forward from acceptance of the high murder rate to one where all lives are valued and protected. We give thanks for those who speak out to their peers, despite the risk to themselves.

We pray for women in this area and across the world for whom violence and death is a daily threat, and give thanks for groups who work tirelessly to help educate peoples in your way of love and sharing together, moving away from violence as the preferred solution.

©Rev Alan McGougan, who visited Christian Aid partners in El Salvador in 2014