We might have seen where the devotional on Reality of Christianity is building up by now. It is showing reality of Christianity differently from where many have put up serious arguments such as the areas of the flood that destroyed the whole world, the creation of Adam and Eve as first human race on the earth, Jesus’ coming into the world as Son of God and without sins, Jesus dying on the Cross to take away the sins of the world and many others. These are areas some who made up their minds never to accept Christianity are looking at and concluding that Christianity is not real. Yesterday’s devotional paraphrased many teachings of Christianity on honouring fathers and mothers by children, equity, fairness and justices, loving one another equally as one would love self. All these are what the world has taught and preached without practicing them. Christianity practices them, and this makes it a real forum for relationships.
Jesus came and made the mind of God known on how He intended his people to relate with Him and fellow human beings. God detested lip services as this portrays fake relationship. Jesus told us this in Mark 7: 6. Jesus taught the world that love should not be for those who love her but for even enemies. We are not only to love our enemies but to help them and pray for them (Matt. 5: 44). Real relationship becomes fake one when you do good things to only those who are good to you and hate those who hate you. Jesus made us to know that marriage should be without divorce, that His Father never planned marriage for divorce (Matt. 5: 31 – 32). Divorce is the product of man’s wicked mind. The man here is collective noun (both men and women). Jesus who Christianity cane from His name taught real forgiveness and practiced it. He said should one offend us seventy times seven in a day; we must forgive the person in all.
Jesus’ early Disciples followed suit in Jesus’ teaching of relationship and fellowshipping together in love and charitable works. The first Disciples sold their properties so as to help the not too well to do brethren (Acts 4: 34 – 35). Apostle Paul preached against divisions among brethren. He told his hearers that there should be no ethnicity or religious differences, that in Christ there is neither Jews nor Gentiles, the freed and slaves (Gal. 3: 28 – 29). If the world has taken teachings of Christianity serious and practices them, the world would have become Paradise since and God will stop destroying world after rapture that Christians talk about. The beloved in the LORD, we can still make the world a haven of ultimate relationship where everybody competes for who will do the best for the fellow human beings.
HOLY SPIRIT, you can still make the world a place of genuine relationship of human beings. Graciously enable our hearts and minds to be filled with love for one another in the name of Jesus Christ.