Love covers a multitude of sin. GOD IS LOVE. When we were His enemies, He still Loved us in His Mercy.
There is a story of a slave who came across a Lion in the forest, with a thorn deep in its paw. The slave braved it to the Lion and removed the thorn. He also did some natural dressing with leaves and the Lion slowly limped away. As days went by, the slave was in the Roman prison and it was his turn to be fed live to a hungry Lion in the Roman sport, as the spectators clap and and cheer, when the victim faces death at the mouth of a hungry lion. The day came and amidst much cheering the slave was put into the arena and the Lion came chasing towards the prey. But as it came close the Lion lost its pace and ferocity, and started to walk towards the slave and licked his hands and feet like a tamed dog. The whole crowd was astounded, they wondered why the hungry Lion behaved thus. The Lion showed his love to the slave and returned back to its cage, all to the crowds amazement. Little did they know that it was the same Lion which the slave had freed from the thorn in its paw..
There is the old saying ‘at times humans are worse than animals’. The animal remembers but humans forget.
Forgiveness. Christ forgave us on the Cross, He died for all our sins. Christ died for us, once who were sinners without escape. The Lord not only forgave us but also forgot our sins as written in Micah 7:19
He will again have compassion on us; He will tread our iniquities under foot. Yes, You will cast all their sins Into the depths of the sea.
Forgiving with mere words is not enough, it is as good as worshipping God with words and not with our hearts. What about Forgiving unconditionally and loving people genuinely for Christ’s sake. What about making a genuine effort as the Lord and Master said…in Matt 5:23,24, probably the most difficult in our Christian walk. A point seldom heard of nowadays.
Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.
Let us read carefully. The Lord said if your brother has something against you, not you have something against your brother. Loving unconditionally. The Lord has commanded us, to Love one another as He has loved us. Forgiving from our heart, may seem difficult at times. Humanely, is it possible to forgive from our hearts ? But with the help of the Holy Spirit it is possible. As God forgives and forgets we also will be able to forgive and forget and restore the relationship for His glory and praise. This would be the work of the Holy Spirit. Great would be the blessing of those who keep the above commandment to take a step, to go and reconcile with his brother.
It is forbidden to speak ill about another servant of God or ministry, because he is Gods servant. It is not good to speak evil, about any person because Christ has died for him and loves him. If we are unable to witness and share the gospel we should be constrained to do it with our lives, with Christ’s love working through us.
Years back when I was working in Mumbai there was a manned pantry setup in the office serving us tea. Since I was not used to Tea/coffee I requested the supplier for an alternate drink and he offered CADBURYS hot chocolate and I settled for it. After fixing the price as he supplied tea/coffee to the other staff, my drink would be hot chocolate. Things were fine for some time and slowly the hot chocolate was tasting like tea with very little chocolate. When I complained, he insisted that it was hot chocolate and also showed me the Hot Chocolate container in the pantry. But then I stopped taking the drink. Time went by and I moved to another company in Mumbai. Many years later on a Christmas day I saw the old tea supplier outside my brothers house where I was staying. We recognized each other and I called him and served him a Christmas snack. As he was leaving he called me aside and confessed that years back he had cheated on the hot chocolate and served it mixed with tea. A non- christian man is able to hear his conscience and obey. I was amazed and still am at what a genuine act of love can do. It can bring repentance and open the door for the sharing of Gods Love.
In this day and season don’t we need more testimonies of God’s Love in action, the Love of Christ that makes an impact in others lives ?
Are we, who claim to follow the Man of Zero Ego, still caught up in ego. Let us examine our hearts for unforgiveness. Let us let go and forgive, for Christ forgave us even when we were sinners. Unconditional forgiveness brings healing to our spirit, soul and body, as we release our hurts and wounds of a long period. Is it not time to rebuild relationships like of old. In Christ broken relationships can be Healed and Restored.
Let us surrender to the Lord as commanded in Jn 14:34-35
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
GOD IS LOVE..