Daily Readings & Thought for April 6th. “HAVING LOST ALL SENSITIVITY”

Today’s readings.. (Numbers 22,23), (Proverbs 16), (Ephesians 3,4)

 Are you sensitive?  Is that a good thing or a bad thing?  It seems to us that many people have largely lost whatever ability they had to be sensitive to the feelings of other people.  It is a great blessing that many will give to help victims of some tragedy, such as in the floods and fires in this country, but is that as far as it goes?

Nearly everyone is living for themselves.  Paul in his letter to the Ephesians, as in his other letters, stresses the need for the committed follower of Christ to be sensitive to the feelings and needs of fellow believers. As we completed reading Galatians we should have noticed v.10 in the last chapter, “as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially those who are of the household of faith.”

Today in Ephesians we read, “Put away falsehood, let each of you speak the truth to his neighbours for we are members one of another” [4 v.25]  Challenging isn’t it to be described as “members one of another”!  It is because committed believers have become, in God’s all-seeing eyes, one spiritual family unit! 

We came across this word sensitivity when reading the NIV which translates Paul as writing that they “must no longer live as the Gentiles (non-Christians) do, in the futility of their thinking … having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, with continual lust for more” [v.17,19]

The ESV (which we normally use) translates “they have become callous” – and that is what the world today has become as it has become less and less Christian.

The true believer is the very opposite! “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouth”, writes Paul, “but only such as is good … that it may give grace to those who hear” [v.29]

This fits in with today’s Proverbs reading, “The heart of the wise makes his speech judicious … gracious words are like honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body” [Ch. 16 v.23,24].  This is the best possible advice for us in this insensitive world. 


A small group of young Christadelphian brothers have taken the time to produce this valuable resource for the brotherhood and beyond, they are using the Bible reading planner developed by Brother Robert Roberts called The Bible Companion. The Bible Companion (or Bible Reading Planner) is a guide developed by the Christadelphians to aid reading the Bible. It was first produced by Robert Roberts when he was just 14 years of age, in about 1853, and revised by him over a number of years into its current format. Most Christadelphians use this plan each day and it was designed to help you read the old testament once and the new testament twice each year. These readings which we feature are recorded using the KJV or the NKJV of the Bible and we hope will be helpful to those who may struggle with time or who have poor eyesight.

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