The scripture for today, September 16, is 1st Corinthians 9:16 as found in the New Testament of the Bible:
“Yet when I preach the gospel, I cannot boast, for I am compelled to preach. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!”
The Apostle Paul said this. An Old Testament prophet, Jeremiah, said almost the same thing in 20:9: “If I say, ‘I will not mention him or speak any more in his name,’ his word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in! Indeed, I cannot!”
Are we so full of the Word of God that we have to share it? Do we work it into our conversations?
I knew a lady once who took several church bulletins with her every Sunday. Then during the week, if she heard a conversation at a bus stop, she’d interrupt them and say, “I couldn’t help but hear what you were saying. Perhaps God in your life would help.” Then she’d hand them a bulletin. She’d do the same thing at a fast-food place like McDonalds, or in the waiting room of a doctor. She could not hold it in. She had to share, even if it was with strangers.
Let us tell someone today that God loves them.