Recently I was thinking about small children dressed as ghost and goblins for Halloween. When we open the door to pass out candy, we even feign fear and surprise at whatever costume that is before us. But never, do we believe for an instant that the child wearing that costume is what he/she is portraying. As we think of an adult with an unpleasant character trait, shouldn’t we see that as not belonging to God’s precious creation?
Ephesians 1:32 states “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” Today, I will not be fooled by anything ungodlike belonging to one of His children, including myself. That will include even a physical ailment!
To me, the kingdom of heaven means peace, harmony and well-being and is here and now and we don’t have to wait until here-after or here later to experience it. Luke 12:32 reads, “Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” As we live life to the fullest with Love for all of God’s creation, we can experience that joy! Replace all bitterness, envy and revenge with Love which dispels all negativity.
This morning has me pondering about loving some more than others. It seems to me that often there are people who are easier to love and forgive. As I have praying with these thoughts today, Proverbs 3:5-6 comes to mind and it reads, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” If I forgive one, shouldn’t I forgive all? How does God see his creation? I don’t think he picks and chooses, nor will I.