Today with Jesus
- Today with Jesus
"If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” (Romans 12:20)
Forgiving and wrong doing should not be mixed: Graham Staines’ wife.
We are relieved and in God's command when we forgive others. Jesus commands, "Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good” (Romans 12:21). The avenge is always at the realm of Jesus. “It is mine to avenge, I will repay,” says the Lord” (Romans 12:19). The burden and repercussions of sins always follow the doers of wrong even if they are free from eternal punishment. The true repentance, conversion and the joyful readiness to accept the punishment deserved in accordance with the sin is the only panacea for a guilt-free life on this earth. We should forgive and treat our enemies with kindness so that they will be ashamed and turn from their sins.
The Staines family - Graham Staines and his two sons were burnt alive at Keonjhar in Odisha, India in 1999. Graham Staines had worked with leprosy patients in Orissa for 30 years. He was sleeping with his sons, aged 8 and 10 in a car on their way home on a cold January night when a mob in Manoharpur village poured petrol over their car and set fire to it. The Staines tried to escape, but a mob of about 50 people allegedly prevented them. By forgiving the killers, Staines told the medias that 'forgiveness and the consequences of our wrong doing should not be mixed up.' “Because of forgiveness, I hold no bitterness towards the persons who killed my family. Forgiveness brought healing which is needed everywhere from hatred and violence. But forgiveness does not change the consequences for wrong.” The end result was that not only the main culprit, Dara Singh was punished with life imprisonment by the Supreme Court, but also that the hard-core killer converted into Christianity - what the Staines family stands for in life.
Prayer: Jesus, let us lead a life of forgiveness to all wrongs of others. Let us have the spirit of forgiveness. May you avenge the wrongs of others in thy justice. Let knowledge of the consequences of sins, and justice and mercy of our loving Jesus stop the people from committing sins. Let all the culprits have a change of heart. A world free from sins is what we pray and hope for. We pray and stand in solidarity with and for the Staines family. All we ask in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Wedensday, 19th September 2012
- Today with Jesus
“Leave these men alone! Let them go.” (Acts 5:38)
The sign of the Cross on the television tower in Berlin : “The
sign of unbeatable sign of worship,”- Ronald Regan, President of USA in 1987.
Till the passing of
the present earth and heaven, Christ, his Cross and its principles would be
valued and be in proclamation for the salvation of the world. No power on earth
can wipe out the eternal truth of God from the face of this earth. It is always
better not to fight and antagonize Christ and his principles. When Peter and other disciples were put in
jail to be punished by the assembly of Jews, the great respected learned
teacher, Gamaliel, advised them,
"Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will
fail. But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will
only find yourselves fighting against God” -(Acts 5:38&39). It is an universal law for a smooth peaceful
way of co-operative living on earth.
After the second world
war, Berlin was under Communist government. Most of the churches and its
symbols were destroyed to crush the faith in Jesus. To show the power and
strength of atheism and communism, Walter Ulbech, the head of communist
Germany, constructed the tallest television tower in Germany. On top of the
tower is a stainless steel globe in rotation.
As soon as the construction was over,
everyone was shocked to find a shining and glittering sign of a cross on
the globe from top to bottom. The sun's rays shone on the globe from all sides
making the cross to glitter. The
engineers tried all their might to erase it, but in vain. Still it is there to proclaim to the world
that the cross is our salvation.
Conscience question: Are we in a fight against Christ and
his teachings by our actions of projecting and selling ourselves for self-glorification?
Prayer: Jesus, let us be the promoters of your signs
and symbols of your sacrifice on the cross for our salvation and eternity. Let
us not be destroyers, but custodians of your teachings. We pray for all those
who are in the ministry to spread your good news of salvation on the cross. Let
all those who believe in you be in salvation and the fighters against you be in
conversion. All we ask in the name of Jesus. Amen.
16th October 2012