Greetings in the name of Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. (1 Corinthian 13:7)
We, Christians, often criticized by non-Christians that we are hypocrites. Of course, we, believers, are not hypocrites, and nobody want to be seen as a hypocrite. However, it is true that we are closely watched by non-Christians, and they tell us what they see because we do not do what we say.
We, who are preaching love, often voice up justice in the name of truth, while being judgmental. In many situations, the truth is actually derived from our perception and our understanding, which is far limited and minuscule compared to that of God. We, who are mere mortal on earth, are easily deceived by ourselves, as if we know the truth, even though the truth belongs to God. Job was one of the very few righteous individuals recorded in Bible. Even Job was not able to grasp the depth, width, and height of the truth of God. Yes, Job’s friends were even worse, but Joe had to confess his sins and foolishness before God (Job 42).
A closest thing on earth that makes us see a“real” truth is our ability to look back our lives. How many times have we realized that our numerous mistakes (originated by our misunderstanding of God’s Will and His truth), and our sins (deviated from God’s Will) were put together like clockwork to fulfill His Will?
Each of our lives is a gigantic jigsaw puzzle. It is visible only when we look back. What a blessing! Without this blessing, we would have already fallen away from the grace of God. In each and every moment, we are more like to be stubborn and even stupider than a donkey. Balaam’s donkey saw an angel of the Lord standing in the road with a drawn sword in his hand (Numbers 22:22-34), but Balaam beat his donkey to move the donkey forward toward the angel with a drawn sword.
However, love is different. It does not have to test by time, nor we have to look back to see how effective it was. It always works in every and each moment. Although our logic fails, and our mind cannot comprehend, love heals, connects and builds up by bearing all things, believing all things, hoping all things, and enduring all things.
By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. (John 13:35)
Finally, the time came. One of Jesus’ disciples betrayed Him. Even so, Jesus talk about love, especially love for one another, rather than calling a meeting to analyze the situation, and construct a plan to do justice. Then He silently took the cross, and demonstrated His love by accepting the humiliation, the agony, and even the death of the cross.
Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. (1 Peter 4:8)
Love is so powerful. It covers over a multitude of sins when we love each other deeply.
God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment … (1 John 4:16, 17)
Let’s pray together so that we love each other deeply, and the God of love dwells in us to make us complete among believers as well as among non-believers.