The apostles and elders decided to choose delegates to send to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas; the whole church concurred with this. They chose Judas known as Barsabbas and Silas, both leading men in the brotherhood, and gave them this letter to take with them:
Some people are very easy to love. But can we only love those whom we wish to love? Today, Jesus tells us that He has chosen us, to love us and lead us just like He has chosen everyone He had created as His children. Therefore, we must go and do likewise.
For many years now, I have been praying to find a suitable spouse. As time goes by, I am gradually realising that when God finally answers this prayer, I may be really shocked. As a single lady, I struggle to deal with a society which has been entrenched in the lies of what love entails – how soceity defines the eligibility of a potential spouse based on looks, wealth and popularity.
We all have a set of criteria of the people we should love. That could mean loving only those who love us, while totally dismissing others. This is definitely not what God is asking of us today. He is asking us to love all His children. Personally, this is a journey which requires a lot of grace for me. Because I realise that what stands between the gift of receiving all that I want, is my unconditional love for my neighbours – the special children, the migrant workers, the dying and suffering, the noisy colleague, the annoying friend, the over-opinionated church members – it is as if God is telling me, ‘look at all of them and just love all of them.’
If today we are waiting for a breakthrough in our lives, let us ask God to strengthen our faith and let us take the first step to love all His children, whom He loves and has each called by name.
(Today’s OXYGEN by Josephine Dionisappu)
Prayer: Lord, forgive us for the times we fail to love all your people. Renew our hearts so that they are overflowing with genuine love for our neighbours. Give us a breakthrough in our lives today, for all the prayers that are yet to be answered, help us to know what it means to wait on you Lord.
Thanksgiving: No one has greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. Thank you, sweet Father, for showing us the depths of your love by dying on the cross for us, your unworthy people.