Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
A renewal and restoration of relationships
“But whoever hates his brother is in darkness, he does not know where he is going, because darkness has blinded him.”
Creation was an act of love. We were meant to be in peaceful and loving relationship with God and our fellow beings. Sin led to alienation from God which brought darkness into our lives. This darkness corrupted humankind and resulted in the first murder, brother killing brother. Apostle John, who is known as the Apostle of love emphasized that the practical aspect of Christian life in this epistle. Jesus Christ revealed the true love through his life and death, as Christians we should manifest this divinely love in and through our life.
When we peruse through history, it is loaded with examples of crimes against humanity which are perpetuated even today. How could most of the world stand in silence when millions of Jews were killed during the holocaust? How could most of early Christians in America turn a blind eye to the plight of the slaves? How are we as a present day Christian society not moved by the plight of the Palestinians, the Syrian refugees, the Dalits in India and the less fortunate in our midst? Does a sense of emotional detachment crippling us not to react to such atrocities? Are we so numbed as to ask “Am I my brother’s keeper”?
When Jesus came into this world, the “true light’ came back. There is no place for darkness when the light is shining. Jesus restored our original relationship with God and can also restore our relationship with each other within our families, our communities and the world at large. There will be no place for hatred and bigotry.
All we need to do is ask the light to come into our life and illumine our hearts. As the hymn goes: “Come into my heart, Lord Jesus; Now clean and illumine my soul Fill me with thy wonderful spirit Come in and take full control”
Prayer: - O Lord help us to understand your countless love towards us and manifest it through our life and relationship in this world. Amen.
Thought for the day: “Am I my brothers keeper”
Dr. John Benjamin, Long Island Mar Thoma Church, NY.