Monday, May 27, 2013

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

The Holy Trinity

 “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight”.
As I write this from Boston, I have to acknowledge that God has revealed the treasures of his goodness and mercy, grace and blessings after the recent Boston Marathon bombings.  In the immediate aftermath, the Holy Trinity revealed that the human spirit is a beautiful thing, because in such a tragedy, it is resilient, color-blind and full of potential. President Obama remarked, “Our faith in each other… our common creed that cuts across whatever superficial differences we may have – that's what makes us strong." In such a tragedy, mutual love and human sympathies are not bound by the shores of a nation, but pervade throughout humanity. Immediately after the traumatic event, “Boston Strong” became an echo of our feelings of national unity and our motto. “Boston Strong” is indisputable because this city was originally founded, defined and transformed by the puritan and Irish Catholic faiths and later, redefined by the multilingual and multicultural faith oriented growth and development. Those roots of faith continue to keep us “Boston Strong.”

However, partisanship, politics, cultural differences, hatred and depravity have mangled our hearts. There is evil afoot that is darkening the hearts of Americans and altering the history of our nation from a story of unity to one of distrust and hatred. Let’s face it: a national tragedy doesn’t change the architecture of the social conditions of the world. But, hate, bitterness and violence that follows it, will. In such a tense environment, when we are pitted against each other, if we only accept our brethren of our own skin color, how can we be blameless before Christ? Is it even remotely possible? No. As Paul remarks in Ephesians, we as Christians have been sanctified and set apart by God. In his omniscience, God understood our fallen and wretched condition and by His grace, salvation is made possible .When we ultimately yield to him, God works through us to be perfect in His sight. In this world, we need to pray harder, and build an intimate relationship with our Savior. This journey we are on requires more of us to come to the throne seeking His grace, mercy, and profound guidance as we navigate through worldly waters.

 Prayer: Our  Loving Lord, Your Holy Spirit inspired Your word .We ask that You would open our eyes to understand the truth of Your word and apply that truth to our own hearts and lives; to walk before You faithfully, and be blameless. Amen

Thought for the Day:  “I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless. (Genesis 17:1)

 Live in Truth, Leave the Sin and Love the Spirit

Rajan George, Carmel MTC, Boston.