Waiting upon God’s love
It is those who have a knack for appreciating good things done to them or experienced from the hands of others that find it easy to give thanks in cash or kind. It is in the form of offering, tithe, seed sowing, rendering free services in the house of God or doing community service selflessly. Even ones time in addition to financial sacrifice constitute thanksgiving borne out of love. We see a perfect example of what man’s love should involve in Habakkuk 3: 17-18 “Though the fig tree may not blossom, Nor fruits be on the vines; Though the labor of the olive may fail, Though the flock may be caught off from the fold; And there be no herds in the stalls; Yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will joy in the God of my salvation”.
The behavior and life’s work of Abraham with unwavering faith coupled with unalloyed obedience were counted as righteousness Heb.11: 8. There is no wonder the Psalmist had to write in Psalm 37: 25 “I have been young and now I am old, Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken; Nor his descendants begging bread”. God cannot be treated as a fair weather friend for while we think he is not paying attention, HIS whole plan for our life is being guarded to prevent derailment of any kind. The bottom line is that we must cultivate the habit of waiting upon the Lord. He neither sleeps nor slumbers. He will surely attend to our needs. Though help may tarry but it will surely come at His own time.
Love of Christ is love of God
Love locks the gate of hell against the lost loved one who the Lord used to revolutionize the spread of the gospel. This statement summarises the love of God on Peter the rock on which the Church of Christ was built, on one part Matt 16 : 18. On the other hand, the love of God figured out who HE had equipped mentally, psychologically and educationally with high-profile social status to lead in propagating the gospel to both the Jews and the gentiles. Saul of Tarsus was he that God was instructing Peter not to reject as part of his team (Jesus’ disciples) Act 10: 10-20 (NKJV)
It is just human for the disciples not to want to accept Paul based on the persecution they have been suffering. In view of Jesus earlier declaration that says: “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible” Matt 19: 26B (NKJV). God networked Ananias (who baptized Saul and laid hand on him to receive his sight), Judas in whose house Saul stayed for three days along the Street called STRAIGHT Act 9: 10-19 (NKJV), Barnabas in Jerusalem and lastly Peter. God told Peter in a trance that he should not reject anyone who God had cleansed Act 10: 13-15 (NKJV). It is the love of God, all must believe, that binds us together. HE, the Almighty God possesses the sovereign power to choose who to use as vessel of honor like Paul the Apostle.
What the Almighty God has done no power in heaven or on earth can undo it. King Artaxerxes under the impartation of divine love of God did send Nehemiah to rebuild the broken walls of Jerusalem. He backed his authority with fund and ‘visa’ to be able to have free passage through other territories. On arrival there was ready opposition that tried to disturb and get the project un-executable in the persons of Sanballat the Horonite, Tobiah the Ammonite as well as Geshem the Arab. Neh. 2 : 1-20 (NKJV). These people were so pissed off that they jeered at and mocked the Jews. They even went to the extent of putting up petition against the Jews with trump up allegation of possible plan to rebel against the King. They further planned to attack the builders who armed themselves in expectation. They never did because the Jews armed themselves spiritually and physically. Neh. Chs 3 & 4 (NKJV)
As it was in the days of Nehemiah, so it is now and would probably continue to be. The good news is: “but those who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits”. Daniel 11: 32b (NKJV)
In the beatitude , Jesus taught his disciples thus: “But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you” Matthew 5: 43. (NKJV) This exhortation tends to sound odd to a non-spirit filled individual or an anti-christ. In Luke 6: 27 – 36 (NKJV). It was in the same admonition that Jesus gave reason why one needs to love ones enemies; after all Jesus prayed for those who conspired to kill him by crucifixion. It is spiritually unprofitable to pray for ones friends only because, both just and unjust do enjoy limitless grace of God.
Love binds people together having destroyed hatred and enmity .
In our conteporary age and in practical application of loving God and ones neighbor, Black and white South Africans became integrated after agelong demand for scrapping apartheid. By it, Nelson Mandela emerged as the first African black President of South Africa. It will be recalled that at the end of pogrom in Rwanda and Burundi, the people came back together forgiving one another. They were able to wine and dine as one people, They forgave those who killed and maimed their neighbors during the heat of Hutu and Tutsi inter-ethnic cleansing. By this approach to life, the world would be a better place to live in. it is christ-like. Isn’t it?