📖: Psalm 69:1-36
Confession: Psalm 91
Reproach is an expression of rebuke or disappointment; it brings disgrace or shame.
“Thus the Lord has dealt with me, in the days when He looked on me, to take away my reproach among people” (Luke 1:25).
As human beings, we are all sinful by nature. But when it comes to reproach, it is anything that can bring stigma or give us a bad identity or label. Some of us suffer from reproach without knowing it. Reproach comes in different forms; such as when being rejected, infirmity, poverty, failure, joblessness, disappointment in business, careers, jobs, barrenness, hardship, having problems getting married, a pattern of rising and falling or a situation that makes people to ask where is our God (Psalm 42:1).
Reproach can come from the enemies, unfriendly friends (Psalm 55:12-13), household enemies-the story of Hannah and Peninnah (1 Samuel 1:1-7), witchcraft, and delay in marriage. Sin can also bring reproach to one’s life (Proverbs 14:34). A country or even church can suffer reproach. It is not limited to an individual. We can be reproached by God due to our continuing sins (Jeremiah 23:40; 29:18). We can also suffer reproach for the sake of Christ Jesus (Psalm 69:7; Hebrews 11:26).
The outcome of reproach causes us to be lonely, becoming oject of ridicule, sadness, shame, disgrace, making our helpers to reject us, spirit of heaviness, and can separate us from God. Zephaniah 3:18 says “I will remove from you all who mourn over the loss of your appointed festivals, which is a burden and reproach for you”. In our time of reproach, through the help of the Holy Spirit identify the cause of our reproach, with humility and prayer cry to God, ask for mercy and forgiveness of our sins. With genuine repentance, God will forgive, deliver and take away our reproach. Those who despise us, God will turn the reproach upon their own head (Nehemiah 4:4).
As Christians, we must strive to live a holy life through our lifestyle so as to maintain a good reputation and have integrity at all times, rather than great riches. Proverbs 22:1 says “A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, Loving favor rather than silver and gold”. In order to avoid sneering the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, we must have Christ-like attributes to enable us live a life free from reproach, meditate and memorize the Word of God. On the other hand, to be reproached because of our dedication to Jesus Christ is a commendable thing, because we are doing the Lord’s work. For those yet to surrender their lives to Jesus, this is not negotiable, do so now, tomorrow might be too late. DO IT NOW! Have a relationship with God.
PRAY THIS; in the name of Jesus, I repent of my sins, come into my heart and I will make You my Lord and Saviour. Stay connected! Stay focused! Stay blessed! Shalom!!!
🙏 O God arise, in Your mercy, and take away reproach from my life , in the name of Jesus.
🙏 If I am the cause of my reproach, O God, arise and deliver me by fire, in Jesus’ name.
🙏 Blood of Jesus, wash away every mark of reproach in my life, in the name of Jesus.
🙏 Every garment of reproach I set it ablaze by fire, in the name of Jesus.
🙏 Thank You Lord, for answered prayers.