For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love. (Galatians 5:13 NLT)
Friendship doesn’t have to be a do-or-die thing. It does not have to be coerced. If instead of free will, there is something like a rope being pulled to induce the other person’s attention, then that’s not a healthy friendship.
Friendship is love without wings. It is never a forceful 50-50 job. It is reciprocal just like love is. Christ first loves us, which implies we ought to love equally well. In other language, we share or spread out the love our Lord conferred upon us.
David loved Jonathan and Idem. Living in freedom means never ceases to love irrespective of whatever offenses someone committed to annoy us. Living in freedom without abusing the good will of God over our lives, entails learning to say no to the spirit of grudges.
May the Lord teach us not to waste our divine wisdom in Him in Jesus name,
And the LORD will be king over all the earth. On that day, there will be one LORD —his name alone will be worshiped. (Zechariah 14:9 NLT)
Situating human beings in a prosperous area of life require enormous sacrifices. The philosophical perspectives, which everyone has regarding the second person next to him, are probable to be derived from occurrences or personal opinions.
Anyone’s imagination of the definition for the moral doings depends on what he or she considers the other persons’ attitudes and the final judgment given may either be positive or negative.
Love is unmodified. It is fixated. It causes no injury, no biased retribution, no withholding of valuable information from those in need of it, no demeaning others, regardless of their skin col our or accents or language or education and social background.
Torrential downpour of civil warfare, gender inequality, child labor, trafficking of vulnerable women and children, divorce, terrorism, misjudgments, social deprivation, sexual and domestic violence, lack of human rights, et cetera, is significant evidence of authentic love missing in action.
Conforming to Christ implies loving unconditionally. When this is amiss, chaos sets in. And the above-mentioned is no doubt going to continue unless we embrace the divine love of Christ.
When Jesus Christ comes back, how do we expect him to see us? One another or fighting one another?
In the name of Jesus I pray,
Anpd we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.
Romans 8:28 NLT)
Greet each other with a kiss of love. Peace be with all of you who are in Christ.
(1 Peter 5:14 NLT)
Then she took Esau’s favorite clothes, which were there in the house, and gave them to her younger son, Jacob.
(Genesis 27:15 NLT))
In childhood, we ate jointly in the same bowl five
Five of us: big and small, firstborn to the last born.
We dined every other night. It was mother’s idea.
She thought by that we would remain as one.
Forever as one as a family.
Now she ought to look back to see how united we are
Are we at all?
In childhood we worn identical clothes.
Mother sew us different styles with colourful material dresses
Of silk, organza, lace and all you can name.
She said we must not forget that we are brothers and sisters.
By goodness. What was she thinking?
Now as I look back
I wonder whether at all,
She’s indeed raised up closely knit children,
“Remove the impurities from silver, and the sterling will be ready for the silversmith.” (Proverbs 25:4)
There came a point in my childhood that obtaining a three-square meal per day seemed like a long-term battle. Each day imbued with uncertainty. Six children. One terminally sick sister. A mother who worked hard and alone raises her children.
That was what paralysed us. Fear of dying of hunger. I thank God for taking my family and me out of the mire waters. But those experiences marked me and there is undeniable that they will stick with me for the rest of my life. They will. The transition, from having a great deal not having anything at all and back to have lot taught me invaluable lessons.It is the gap between. That is, those periods when the ‘not having anything at all’, propelled me to see life in a different light.
Of recent, I attended a lecture in Geneva on Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and post-2015 UN agenda. There, a speaker made three astonishing points, which I would wish to discuss with you in three parts.
Poverty is the biggest offence to humanity
On poverty: I could not be happier hearing this statement from her. If we take the time to observe our environment, we will see the gap glaring without obscurity. Even in the church we are not far from the reality. Inequality begets poverty. Before the proliferation of inequality, the spirit of narcissism enveloped our society. There were tendencies towards first taking care of oneself before leaving the crumbs from the table with the others. Today, that spirit still rules the minds of everyone including huge numbers of Christians.
How many of us throw away our leftovers in our garbage, when we knew that there are thousands of people on the streets and in their homes without anything to eat?
Do we need to buy those perishable bags of food only to fill up our fridges and later trash them after their expiring dates?
I have been there. I have thrown away expired foodstuffs: Not once, not twice but many times. Until one day, I realised my errors. That I’d endure consequential starvation in the past did not hold me from being reckless. I am human. Only the grace of God alone can assist me, and everyone that turns to Him.
What has become important to understand is that poverty is one of the major reasons for global conflict. Loss of employment and homes. Lack of financial sources. Unhealthy and unstable relationships. Poor health and disabilities. Class bias. And lots of those vices that marginalise others created and continue to create crises in unexpected places. Instead of finding solutions to tackle penury, and put in place processus to empower the less privileged, the duties bearers are much interested in causing unrest. We cannot succeed in talking senses into the head of a hungry man. Nonetheless, if he is well-fed, he will have the energy and the spirit to listen.
God puts us all here together to establish love and harmony among ourselves. Every human is created free. Every human is equal to his fellow man. We may be contrasting by the colour of our skin, cultural and religious belief, ideologies and education. Even so, we share one fate. The Bible says. “A wise person thinks a lot about death, while a fool thinks only about having a good time.(Ecclesiastes 7:4 NLT)”
Thus, what is not important is not being contemplative on stepping forward to do the best we can to assist others. What is notable is doing God’s will by sharing what He’s given us to those in need. We are not superior to those people. It’s just that the Lord put us in this position for this purpose. So, we have to be grateful for that.
Damascus has become feeble, she has turned to flee and panic has gripped her; anguish and pain have seized her, pain like that of a woman in labor. (Jeremiah 49: 24)
Fear is the perfect weapon to destruction. Once given the opportunity, fear leaves no stone untouched until it achieves its goal. Where panic emerges, there is fear. And where fear dwells, there is no sense of calmness. Fear gives rise to panic. The entire scenario gets bombarded with disruptive thoughts. Human mind becomes agitated and brain gets confused. Clear thinking then becomes a struggle.
To leave a space for fear entering is to leave a space for unlimited merciless catastrophes. In these three days of terrorist attack in Paris, everyone’s mind is up. People now think twice before walking out of their houses. Mothers insisted that their children switch their mobile phone on to check on them. Some even refused to step away from their homes.
Fear! For with it, there is no time for faith. Countless Christians neglect to turn to God at this moment because they’d let fear dominate their minds. They have failed to pray! Hear them pray, and what they will recite far from anything in the Bible. Can we blame them? Not at all. It takes courage to confront the spirit of fear. Only a real Christian filled with the power of the Holy Spirit is capable of rebuking fear.
Prior, I mentioned that we must be cautious. It appears to be no better period than these present days. Every event surrounding us brings more or less distracting news. Situations left us wondering whether it is best to migrate to a safer country. But we knew on the surface that nowhere seems safe. God’s protective shelter (Psalm 23) is the only safest haven. The book of John 14:27 (AMP) says, “Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.]” Our Lord Jesus Christ does not leave us as orphans. And we ought to remember that we have His peace.
I urge us to take one step backward and remember the promises of God of Psalm 121. Rather than joining others to talk of the issue, let us engage others in assuring them of the love of God that covers us all circumstances. We should deviate from supporting them to spread frightening stories. When they preach hatred, let us preach on God’s compassion and love. We must show our love. Now, people need us more than ever. They want to learn from us the words of assurance of life and not of horror. Why don’t we spend time in prayers for others and ourselves, rather than waiting for humanity’s peace?
I pray that God teaches us to talk of peace and love irrespective of whatever situations we find ourselves in Jesus name, Amen
“What is the use (profit), my brethren, for anyone to profess to have faith if he has no [good] works [to show for it]? Can [such] faith save [his soul]?” (James 2:14 AMP)
What did the Bible says about doing good works? To love others, help them, protect them and ensure that we live together in harmony with them.
I suppose that it is a long way from having an honest relationship with God if our religion prevents us from rendering all these duties. We are dishonest if we derive pleasure from watching people suffer when we ought to protect them.
God is love. Anyone who professes that he or she is killing people in the name of God is an imposter. Jesus says, “Love your neighbours as yourself. (Mark 12:31)”. Our neighbours mean not just those living next doors. They also cover friends, family members, colleagues, and strangers. We are not required to know people before we can love them. Love has no restriction. We do not murder ourselves because we love ourselves. And if we love our neighbours in the exact ways we love us, then we will do anything it needs to be taken to guarantee their ultimate safety.
At this period of our life, we must revisit our faith in God to verify whether indeed we are His children. My questions are. “what sort of faith do we profess? Are we sure we are serving the real God? ”