If God lived with us in our home and came with us to our workplaces, how would it be or what would it look like? We often imagine God as One seated in the throne, mighty in power with whom everything is possible, and all creation bows down before Him!!! AS true as that fact remains, there really is no way for us ‘humans’ to know what God is really like!!! To tell the World what He really is like… God stepped down from His throne and entered the very world that His own hands had Created!!!
Jesus is Love. Jesus loved everybody alike. He saw beyond what people saw. He saw the hearts (1 Samuel 16:7). On one occasion the temple high priests caught a woman who had engaged in the act of adultery. They dragged her to Jesus mercilessly and insisted that she be stoned to death. Jesus was moved with compassion for this woman. Jesus saw beyond. Jesus perhaps saw her tears of shame, her tears of remorse, her pain in personal life… something that people cannot see… and many times they refuse to see. Jesus said, “He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her” At this the crowd slowly dispersed. The young lady was left alone with Jesus. Jesus showed grace and mercy as he said the words… “Neither do I condemn you, Go and sin no more”.
Jesus showed us that God is love. If man by his very nature, knows to show love and goodness to another human, how much more GOD ALMIGHTY!!! God’s expression of love reached its zenith when He hung on the cross for the sins of His Children. As a loving Father, He bore the sins of His Children and died a cruel death, that ‘WHOEVER’ ……‘WHOEVER’ comes to Him with a heart of Repentance, God grants for them to become the ‘Children of God’.
I’ve got a question for you!!! You see horrific pictures of slaughtering in the name of religion, in the papers everyday!!! Be it H-M or M-C or H-C tensions. Whatever be it! There is a lot going on in the name of God!!! What goes through your mind as you see it? Mostly anger, right? How could people be so inhuman, we wonder!!! And video footage’s-don’t even ask!!! We feel for the victim and gnash our teeth at the killer. Don’t we? But you know what ? This may be ‘news’ for you, coz’ it was for ‘me’!!!!
God sees the heart of both the victim and the killer!!!
AS much as the death of His Child is precious to Jesus (Psalm 116:15), the soul of the killer is also precious in His sight!!! Both of them are the work of His hands!!! And God’s heart yearns for both. Maybe the killer was taught to be merciless from the age of 3…. perhaps even before he learned his alphabets, a heavy grenade was put in his tiny hands, and day after day taught to hate certain groups of people. Maybe his own heart is longing for that ‘acceptance’ from God…. maybe his heart is longing for that loving embrace from God for which they do all these evil acts!!! End of the day, they need the mercy and love of God as much as we do! We can’t simply write them off as evil, as if you and I jumped from heaven with two wings behind our backs!!!
When Stephen (Acts 7:54-60) was being stoned to death for preaching Christ’s love, his last words just before he died was, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them”. That ought to be our attitude as well. When we live, we walk in love…. and when we die, we die with love.
The same eyes that saw Stephen as he died, also saw Saul who was persecuting the ‘Christians’. Well…. we know how God made a Paul out of Saul…. and the rest is history!!!
Jesus loves people with all kinda names….!!!! and by His Spirit so should WE!!!
Let love blossom in our hearts for ALL. Blessed month of Love, folks!!!