Wednesday-July 13, 2011
God’s love does not…
rejoice in wrongdoing but rejoices in the truth. Sometimes we forget that the rules and laws of this world apply to us too. And for a while everything seems to be going exactly as we planned. We may even convince ourselves it is what God wants for us so as to justify our behavior or misbehavior. But the heart of the one who truly seeks after God always receives a just reward or a just consequence, because the truth eventually rings clear again. When truth takes hold, we realize that God’s word cannot be manipulated to suit our own needs, or to destroy his creation. We are all God’s creation and the damage that we do to the other will eventually be the damage we do to ourselves. Likewise, the mercy we give will be the mercy we receive. In South Africa they call it Ubuntu. In the wake and subsequent abolishment of Apartheid, Bishop Desmond Tutu describes the necessity of Ubuntu in order for his country to begin to heal. In No Future Without Forgiveness he writes: A person with Ubuntu is open and available to others, affirming of others, does not feel threatened that others are able and good, for he or she has a proper self-assurance that comes from knowing that he or she belongs in a greater whole and is diminished when others are humiliated or diminished, when others are tortured or oppressed. Tutu further explains that; Ubuntu speaks particularly about the fact that you can’t exist as a human being in isolation. It speaks about our interconnectedness. You can’t be human all by yourself, and when you have this quality – Ubuntu – you are known for your generosity. I believe that within the essence of this concept is Christ’s commandment to love God and love neighbor as self. The truth is that our relationship with others is critical to the understanding of our relationship with God. Although the concept leaves no room for wrongdoing, we know that it exist; but God’s grace, mercy, redemption, and reconciliation also exists in its midst so that we may rejoice in God’s truth that is his love for us. This then becomes our love for one another and perhaps by our mercy towards one another many others will rejoice and be saved.
Genesis 42:25, 35 Joseph then gave orders to fill their bags with grain, to return every man’s money to his sack, and to give them provisions for their journey. This was done for them… As they were emptying their sacks, there in each one’s sack was his bag of money. When they and their father saw their bundles of money, they were dismayed.
John 15:12 Love one another as I have loved you
Hebrews 10:24-25 And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching.