Thursday, 11 April 2019
And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins” – I Peter 4:8.
What does it mean to you to be a Christian? Christianity is deep, and more than what we think it is and what we make it out to be. If we look at the life of Jesus, we see in many accounts where people treated Him badly, but He forgave them anyway (Luke 23:34) – even those who put nails through His hands and feet and the soldier who pierced His side. He died for all of them, including us, who went about living our lives like there was no tomorrow. This is the kind of Christianity, we are meant to live. The kind that when someone says the worst of things about us, we continue loving them. We were loved from the foundations of the world so we have no reason to hate on anyone (Hebrews 4:3b).
It is about putting others before our needs. It is said in the word that God is love and we are made in His likeness. Since we are made in His likeness, we also are love. We belong to God and have no opinion about anything or anyone. We have no reason not to forgive anyone or not to love those who do us wrong. If Jesus could love those who killed Him, who are we not to love? If we say we are surrendering our lives to Him, do we know what we are saying? This is when we would love and forgive even when the circumstances do not allow us to do so. Laying down our lives for those who hate us (1 John 3:16). Leading them to Jesus by showing them love, kindness and forgiveness. We are the light of the world. Whatever happens to us or what people do to us is not about us.