Not long before she died in 1988, in a moment of surprising candor in television, Marghanita Laski, one of the best-known secular humanists and novelists, said, “What I envy most about you Christians is your forgiveness; I have nobody to forgive me.”
Born into a Jewish family of intellectuals, at some point in Marghanita’s life, she saw evidence of the love of Christ through the act of forgiveness, and envied those who were able to forgive others as well as those who knew they were forgiven.
This reminds me of John 13:34-35, ‘A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
One of the greatest witnesses we can reveal to others around us is how we treat one another. Through this, people will see that we are a peculiar people, set apart, belonging to the One who is Love – Jesus Christ.
Ask yourself this, ‘Will others know that I belong to Christ because they see He that is in me? Will they see Jesus through my words and actions?’
1 John 3:18
‘Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.’
Sometimes we allow our flesh to rise up and rule the members of our body, behaving like the world; taking offense at others, ignoring those in need, putting myself and my needs first, just to name a few, but we have been called to walk according to the spirit, not the flesh as we once did.
Lord, help us to put aside ourselves, and love others as you showed us to do. Help us to be the humble servant that you were when you walked the earth, washing the feet of our brothers and sisters, giving the woman who has had five husbands our time when we feel like resting, praying for and assisting the least of these like the leapers, the lame and the poor just as you did when others had abandoned them as well as forgiving the one who betrays us because they do not know what they do.
Let us remember how to love as you loved.
1 Corinthians 13: 4-7
‘Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.’
— Judah Ayling