Daily Strength – Strange Love
Make your face shine on your servant; save me in your steadfast love!
Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses.
A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
Food for Thought
Eric Liddell was a Scottish Missionary who went to China to spread Gospel; his Olympic heroism was immortalized in the movie Chariots of Fire. Winston Churchill tried to arrange during World War II a clandestine prisoner swap with the Chinese government while Liddell was suffering in jail and dealing with what was to be discovered later on as brain tumor. Liddell at this time had been separated from his wife and children who had been mercifully returned to Canada by the Chinese government. Liddell politely declined the offer of freedom and gave it to a woman who was pregnant with a child at the time. Eric Liddell subsequently died in prison without ever seeing his family again. This was revealed by the Chinese government only in 2008.
Jesus Christ when asked “what was the greatest commandment in the Old Testament” replied, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind “The second commandment was, “Love your neighbor as yourself”. What makes Christianity different from other religions is GRACE, we can say in nutshell grace is forgiving someone, if he repents and promises appropriate behavior in future. Real forgiveness can only come if love overpowers hatred and this love is without any strings. Jesus Christ gave his life for the mankind without hoping for any personal gain and God sacrificed his only son for our salvation. A person without help of The Holy Spirit cannot understand this strange love, because it is so different from the concept of our worldly understanding of love.
May God bless us all
- I Love You, Lord (fsdm.org.uk)
- An in-depth study of the sermon on the mount: Part two (examiner.com)