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!
This past week-end our niece and her 8 month-old baby son visited us. Holding and playing with this precious child brought such love. As I held him, I felt love all over and suddenly realized this feeling could not compare with the Love God has for each of us. John 16:24 reads, “Until now you have asked for nothing in My name; ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be made full.” No matter what we have experienced in this life, we remain as pure and innocent as this baby to our God! Now that is Love!
This morning at the grocery store there was an error made and it took a while for the cashier to get it rectified. On the way home, I rehearsed the event in order to tell my husband what had happened. All at once, I was reminded I had a choice here. Rather than ruminating over the error, I could catch my thinking and replace it with the thought that she was a precious child of God! My thought lifted and I realized I was free from negative thinking and it was always up to me!
“But the fruit of the Spirit is Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” Galatians 5:22-23