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Friday, February 24, 2012

Love is kind!

Love is kind. 1 Corinthians 13:4b

Good morning!

Few years ago, we had a wonderful family festival in my Church. The family which came to lead us on that day enacted and conducted pretty simple games to reveal the simple but powerful truth behind them. A ninth grade girl told us a story which really touched the hearts of many. Here is her story:

A lady who was quite busy with cooking for her guests got upset when her little son walked behind her so closely wherever she went. At one point, she yelled at him and pushed him hard enough to make him cry. He ran out of the kitchen as fast as he could into his bedroom and wept a lot till he fell asleep. The lady, after she finished all her work in the kitchen, remembered what she had done to her son. When she went into his bedroom, she found him asleep on his bed. Then the Lord told her to return to the kitchen again. When she went, she saw many beautiful flowers in various colors scattered on the floor. She realized that her small boy had followed her wherever she went just to surprise his mother with her favorite flowers. She realized how badly she had hurt him without realizing that he was simply displaying his love for her. She immediately ran to the boy. She took him into her arms. She hugged him and kissed him as if she was seeing him after a very long absence.

What message does this story convey? Love has to be shared with those who deserve it. Many of us don’t hesitate to hurt those who are close to us. So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets. (Matthew 7 : 12) In other words, the Bible teaches us not to hurt anyone. It asks us to be kind to others in the same way we would expect them to be kind to us. Hurting others will take just a few minutes, but restoring the relationship may take years. In some cases, may never happen. The company for which we work may only remember us after we die until they find a resource to replace us. But the members of our family, especially our parents and our beloved ones will carry the pain throughout their lives. I love kids. I love to watch and play with them. But watching and playing with a child every day is really not that easy. But the precious parents look after their children with great care. A man who is 50 years remains always a child to his elderly parents. And the children deserve the full love of their parents. Those who have children, please take an oath that you will never bring your problems from work home with you. And let us all love our parents, because they are the ones who deserve it next to the Lord. Forget whatever happened in the past. Take this time as an opportunity to be kind and to show love to others. Be kinder than necessary to everyone, because we don’t know what pain they carry in their hearts.

May God bless!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Love is patient!

Love is patient. 1 Corinthians 13:4a

Good morning, friends!

I have a friend with whom I share anything & everything. Most of the times, I send texts/IMs to him knowing that he is at work. If something happens, I will update him as soon as I can irrespective of our time differences. One day when I asked him how he is so patient toward me, he replied, “Because I love you.” And so it is with my mom & dad who always listen to whatever I say. They don’t even know anything about IT, but still they listen to all I say, and always seem interested. They could tell me, “Will you please stop? We are tired of hearing this every day.” But they don’t. Why is that so? Because they love me. 

During my college days, in the early morning, some of my friends and I always woke up to pray. It was funny that several times we chose to read 5-10 verses per person, rather than reading one at a time. You know why? We thought that we could sleep before our turn comes. I can’t count how many times I prayed the same prayer again & again because I slept while I was praying. In some all-night prayers, when the fellowship leader led us in prayer giving out some prayer points to each one of us, I asked him to repeat what he assigned to me, so many times, just because I fell asleep.

But do you know the truth? God didn’t reject any of them. He heard all my prayers and He answered them. If I were to ask God why He is so patient toward me in spite of all my weaknesses, I am sure He would say, “Because I love you.” Don Moen’s recent album ‘Uncharted Territory’ has a song ‘He loves you, just because He loves you.” How meaningful! Yes, friends, there is nothing we can do to make Him love us more, and nothing we can do to make Him love us less.

1 Corinthians 13:4a tells that love is patient. It doesn’t grow tired upon hearing a lot from you. It doesn’t grow cold just because you make mistakes. I always tell my friends that if I were God, I would kill someone who seeks repentance repeatedly for the same sin.

But when I think about all these years, all we can see is, God is so patient toward us. We have done nothing to earn this love, as the Bible tells us that even before we loved Him, He loved us. He even knew us even before we were born. He knows all our strengths and weaknesses, but still He loves us. God’s love is the only love that can never fade. We are honored to have been chosen by Him.

Let us read about the characteristics of His love each day starting today. 
May God bless you!