Saturday, 7 April 2018
Have you ever asked God, “Father, why are you so unfair?” I have.
How do we define fairness? Your definition is probably different from mine. Most of the time, we ask such questions because our inner being is hurt. When I am hurt, all past grievances would arise to torment me. I would feel worse and my perception of everything around me would be grey, if not black. I recall one such morning when I took a walk in the Singapore Botanical Gardens. The gardens have always lifted up my spirit but that particular morning, I only saw dried leaves, dying trees, withered flowers… and a gloomy sky.
Have you ever experienced heavy rain when you feel like crying? It’s like watching a sad movie but you are the one acting and crying. Tears are good. They release the heavy weight bearing on our souls. A good cry helps.
Who doesn’t get hurt from time to time? I believe everyone does. It is how the individual deals with it that matters. We are shaped by our experiences of hurt and pain. God would ask me, “Who are you looking at?” Immediately, I would know that I was looking at myself, not Jesus. Then His next question would be, “Is it important? Does it matter?”
I have understood that my life on earth is short. My days are numbered. I have decided not to waste my time fighting silly battles in order to win, or to prove myself right, or to make myself look good. I have just discovered that I don’t really care. I am less concerned about what people think of me. My mind is clear when I’m Spirit-filled. But when I am ‘dry’ I would fret.
I have 2 points to make.
Point #1: God is love.
Love is patient. Love is kind. Love does not envy. Love does not boast. Love is not proud. Love is not rude. Love is not self-seeking. Love is not easily angered. Love keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil. Love rejoices with the truth. Love always protects. Love always trusts. Love always hopes. Love always perseveres. Love never fails.
I thank God for inspiring Apostle Paul who defines love so beautifully in 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8a.
Point #2: Love is the fruit of the Spirit.
The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
The fruit of the Spirit is the result of continual yielding to the Spirit, becoming like Christ. God is love. We must sow seeds of love. We must be love in order to grow love.
For the academic year of 2018, my daughter (who is a teacher in a secondary school) has chosen ‘kindness’ to be the theme for the year for her students. She talks about kindness, shares acts of kindness, highlights kindness when it is demonstrated, encourages her students to be kind all the time… She is making her students more aware of kindness. One year is not too long to grow kindness. Sometimes, it takes a lifetime for us to learn something simple because we might be hard headed, stubborn, defiant… towards people we don’t like.
WE NEED GOD. I feel that we must speak love, share love, highlights love and reminds one another to love - all the time. Love is all we need to live in God because God is love. Ask God for love and we will be given. Amen!
Apostle Paul’s prayer for the Philippians: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ – to the glory and praise of God. (Philippians 1: 9-11)
Dear Father God,
Apostle John said,
What an amazing statement!
I pray for all my brothers and sisters-in-Christ: that our love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight so that we may be able to DISCERN what is best and pure and blameless until the day of Christ. May we be filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through our Lord Jesus Christ.
We do not want any praise for ourselves. All glory belongs to You!
We want to shine wherever we go. May the people around us see Your light shining in us and desire to be in the light too! Your will shall be done on earth as it is in heaven. Lead us into every nook and corner. Teach us to take authority and bind all spirits of darkness in the mighty name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Teach us to loose (release) kindness, patience, peace, joy and love. Help us to DISCERN what is best and pure and blameless until the second coming of Christ.
Lam Yee Ling