Presentation Ministries
 Presentation Ministries
View Cart  ·  Make a Donation  ·  About PM  ·  Contact Us   
Search: PM Catholic Sites   
One Bread
One Body
Daily Bread
Small Christian
Audio & Video
Bible College

One Bread, One Body

Language: English | Español

All Issues > Volume 18, Issue 5

<< Friday, September 6, 2002 >>
1 Corinthians 4:1-5
View Readings
Psalm 37:3-6, 27-28, 39-40 Luke 5:33-39
Similar Reflections


"He will make justice dawn for you like the light; bright as the noonday shall be your vindication." —Psalm 37:6

Jesus' disciples were accused of being soft on prayer and fasting (Lk 5:33). The Pharisees made a judgment based only on what they could outwardly observe, and misunderstood the underlying context for the disciples' actions.

Paul had been subject to being judged and scrutinized by both the Corinthians and by human courts as well (see 1 Cor 4:3, 5). He served the Corinthians and the Lord from pure motives but was constantly misunderstood and was frequently subjected to accusations of all kinds.

Have you ever been misunderstood in your Christian walk? Have you ever served someone out of love and then had that person or group completely misinterpret your motives? Perhaps they shunned you or even accused you of wrongdoing (see Jn 16:2-3).

As followers of Jesus, we do not have to expend the energy to defend ourselves beyond a simple explanation on our behalf (see Mt 5:37). Rather, God's plan is that we focus on serving Him (see 1 Cor 4:1) and leave it to Him to take care of defending and vindicating us (Is 54:17; Ps 37:6). His vindication is far-reaching and complete, "bright as the noonday" (Ps 37:6). So, "commit to the Lord your way; trust in Him, and He will act" (Ps 37:5) in your defense.

Prayer: Father, I put my life in Your hands (Ps 31:6).
Promise: "The salvation of the just is from the Lord; He is their Refuge in time of distress." —Ps 37:39
Praise: Although Alice must carry an oxygen tank with her for the rest of her life, she never lets that stop her from carrying out her many ministries to the Church and to God's people.
(This teaching was submitted by one of our editors.)
Nihil obstat: Reverend Robert L. Hagedorn, February 7, 2002
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, February 12, 2002
The Nihil obstat and Imprimatur are a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free from doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil obstat and Imprimatur agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
Volume 18, Issue 5
  > Today's Reflection
  · List of Reflections
  · Letter to Readers
  · Top 100 Scriptures
  · RSS FeedRSS Feed
Subscription Requests
  · Subscribe, change, renew or cancel subscription
  · Sign-up for OBOB daily e-mail
Share OBOB
  · Send a sample issue to a friend
  · Order a box of OBOB for your group
  · E-mail a sample OBOB teaching to a friend



Home   ·   One Bread
One Body
  ·   Daily Bread
  ·   Small Christian
  ·   Publications   ·   Audio & Video
  ·   Retreats   ·   Bible
  ·   Guadalupe
Bible College
  ·   Prayer

Copyright © 2019 Presentation Ministries.
Make a Donation · About PM · Contact Us · Link To Us · Privacy Policy