Dear Precious Saints of MBC,
I trust you are doing well and looking forward to this coming Lord's Day
For centuries the Middle East has been a place of horrible wars and brutality as Muslims and Christians have clashed. More than a century ago a Muslim enemy soldier chased a Christian woman and her brother until he cornered them. He mercilessly shot the brother and let the sister go free, but not until she had witnessed the brutal murder. Later, she was working in a military hospital as a nurse when the soldier who had killed her brother was brought into her ward. He was critically wounded and the slightest inattention to his needs would have meant certain death. When the nurse realized this, a powerful temptation for vengeance raged in her mind. But as a Christian, a still, small voice within whispered, "Kindness."
She yielded to the Spirit's prompting and patiently nursed this enemy back to health. The soldier, who recognized her, asked her one day, "Why didn't you let me die?" She replied simply, "I am a follower of Jesus and He said, 'Love your enemies.'" The Muslim soldier was silent for a long time. Finally, he said, "I never knew that anyone could have such a faith. If that's what it does, tell me more about it. I want it."
Our sensitive, loving ministry to one another in the church and our loving behavior towards those outside the church who may have wronged us will tell them and the world about our Savior. Romans 5:6-8 reminds us that while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
During this difficult time, I challenge you to go out of your way to demonstrate the love of Jesus. It can make all the difference in the world.
See you on Sunday on line!
In the light of His glory and grace,