“Extra mile of Love- New Heart”
We all would have been in a place where we thought and aligned our mind to seek and get help from someone we “knew” wouldn’t reject at all. Even before we have asked God how to sort the situation, we relied on people- your siblings in Christ, close friends, well-wishers and confidants. Some or the other way disappointments open up without warning, offences crawl in without a notice and the question of a firm “why?” is cried out in pain.
Many of us forget that, it is God who orchestrates someone to be good to us. Sometimes, the very person who can lend us any sort of help or kindness have totally ignored the nudging of the Holy Spirit. Sometimes, it would be God’s will that certain people won’t offer you aid, so that the glory of thankfulness will not be shared. Sometimes, people just don’t surrender enough to God to be a source of great support for us and, other times they are inevitably helpless. In all those situations we have enough and more reasons to let in- spite, anger, bitterness, jealousy, categorisations and judgements.
Our lack of Godly revelation and willingness to see from God’s viewpoint, kills the love that we have extended in our relationships. Slowly, we become more numb towards those friends whom God has bestowed into our lives. We let them sink low in our hearts and exalt others who have hardly been there with us long enough. All because, we can’t justify their actions towards us.
Oh, the heart of God weeps — agony shows up in the midst of Heaven. God cannot bear seeing His own, pamper the coldness of conditional love. Our close ones, can soon turn out to be enemies (in our hearts) because we have stopped hoping the best from them and denied them the access to our lives. We greet them with a “smile” of slap and raised eyebrows. We talk empty words and let ‘it’ pass without gentle confrontation or forgiveness. Oh, what a pain? What a way to choose?
Overlook offences and hurts, since love covers multitudes of sin and pain. Repay evil with good and bring an inexplainable joy to God’s heart. Thank God for the “good” people do for you and take time to honour them. Those that you call friends and who have been a blessing to you; your relationship and the love for them will be tested. If you cannot love them the way Jesus has loved you, you are faking every action. Don’t just ignore people, because they let your expectations, big or small stay unfulfilled. The status, the fame and the action of someone should not influence our choice of lending acceptance and love.
Quoting John Piper: “Subtle Pride— Pride prefers some people over others. It honours those who the world deems worthy of honour, giving more weight to their words, their wants, and their needs. There’s a thrill that goes through me when people with “power” acknowledge me. We consciously or unconsciously pass over the weak, the inconvenient, and the unattractive, because they don’t seem to offer us much.”
Our present moments of training into doing great things for God are always watched by Heaven. If we stay faithful to the unnoticeable bit of our lives, we will be placed into a phase of relevance where our reverence for God will not be vanished. It always involves people and being a reflection of Christ to them.
Quoting Yeshua, who never lies:
“If you only love the lovable, do you expect a pat on the back? Run-of-the-mill sinners do that. If you only help those who help you, do you expect a medal? Garden-variety sinners do that. If you only give for what you hope to get out of it, do you think that’s charity? The stingiest of pawnbrokers does that.
“If you’re truly a Heavenite and extraordinary, love your enemies and those friends who hurt you. Help and give without expecting a return. You’ll never—I promise—regret it. Live out this God-created identity the way our Father lives toward us, generously and graciously, even when we’re at our worst. Our Father is kind; you be kind.
“Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticise their faults—unless, of course, you want the same treatment. Don’t condemn those who are down; that hardness can boomerang. Be easy on people; you’ll find life a lot easier. Give away your life; you’ll find life given back, but not merely given back—given back with bonus and blessing. Giving, not getting, IS THE WAY. Generosity begets generosity. So imitate God and be truly compassionate, the way your Father is.” (Luke 6: 3-38, MSG)