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Sunday, 26 February 2017 14:57

TODAY’S MANNA

 

BY Berlie G. Yap

 

“Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.”(Heb. 12:14, ESV)

It’s the weekend today, thus I chanced to help clean our house, and I included our bookshelf. My son placed also his toys on top of my books. So now and then, when he is off from school, he gets those toys to play, and when he returns later, he just usually stuck them, without caring to re-arrange them back, the way his dad does. Well, I always give him the necessary grace, because he is still an 8-year oldboy.

Nice it is, to see your houseclean and neat, both also outside and inside. It gives you a fresher breath and a better view everywhere. Cleanliness is God’s idea. In the Bible, it is often compared to righteousness. The passage above encourages believers to endeavor peace with his equal, because such character is deemed as holiness. Albeit, the Lord warns, without peaceable life we never can see, literally and spiritually, the Lord.

God has a higher standard in morality than the way the world looks to many things. People may adjudge black as white, or vice versa. But when it comes to the Lord, black is black, or white is white. When it is wrong then it is wrong. One cannot whitewash it and say it is now right. God is a just judge. We thank though for His grace, because He always forgives us every time we come to Him in humility.

What a world it be, if peace reigns as the supreme force in any country, people, city and family, than division or competition! Notwithstanding, it seems that such peace is now almost absent in some places or in many hearts. When a person is selfish, chances are he is not also peaceable. How do we know that aselfish is also a troubled person? By simple inference—a selfish person is always willing to tread other people’s rights, or even their lives, so long as he is able to achieve his own and personal interests.

Alas, because we got limitless people today who really are selfish! Considering other people and giving them the necessary chance, even at your own sacrifices, is a command of God. “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant thanyourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” (Phil. 2:3-4, ESV)

When Jesus asked that teacher of the law if who is his neighbor, Jesus then later give his audience a parable which indirectly answered his earlier question. It was about the story of the Good Samaritan. The religious Jews, at the time of Christ, despised Samaritans. Thus, it was an unlikely proposition—herein Jesus’ parable, to point that the latter is the same neighbor which the Savior tried to present to them.

We all know the complete story of the Good Samaritan. His kindness baffled the critics of Jesus. They definitely could not accept that the same folks which they utterly disliked, possessed the goodness which the Son of God was describing before their very ears. So it will always be a sin to judge others, especially if you do not know them very well, like to total strangers. Simply because they can even be better persons than you.

A clean life includes the freedom from hatred and unforgiveness. Anyone who has such, most of the time, do have nightmares. Their ill feelings can permeate particular poisons in their subconscious being, even while they are asleep. Yet, on the other hand, sweeter is the sleep of any man who doesn’t have any anger in his heart.

You may reason that it is not you who harmed others first, but you were only intruded by an opponent, hence you just retaliated. Admittedly, this wise happens always and even to any person. But to choose to stay kind is not a favor which you may give to others but to yourself. By staying unmoved from the hostilities of others and to trust the Lord to instead defend you, is a biblical value.

If you remember, the Lord taught us this powerful truth in His sermon of the beatitude. “To one who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also, and from one who takes away your cloak do not withhold your tunic either.” (Lk. 6:26, ESV) This is the very reason why many do not want to follow the Savior, because the human tendency of revenge is a total contrast to the latter’s command of peace and forgiveness. Beloved, let us live clean.

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