by Stephanie Meakin – Article Oct 2018

I was pondering recently, how people repeatedly express their feelings of love without thinking; action speaks louder than words. Has it not occurred to them how cheap and meaningless it is when they say , ‘I love you, really I do’?

The song , ‘Love Is A Many Splendored Thing’ came to mind. What’s in the song? It was publicised first in the movie, by the same title’ in 1955. It has won the Academy Award for the, Best Original Song. The song has roused my curiosity. I had to look at the lyrics to find out what the songwriter has to say about love. It’s says, ‘love is nature’s way of giving a reason to be living’.

Awesome! This in itself talks about life. When a person has a reason to live, he or she desires the fullness thereof as promised to us in John 10:10- that we may have life, and have it more abundantly.

I had to dig deeper to find out the meaning of splendour in the Scripture.

I will meditate on the glorious splendour of Your majesty. Psalm 145:5.

Splendour is a brilliance, or gorgeous appearance, colouring, etc. It is grandeur, glory or brilliant distinction. It is majesty that goes beyond our sense of normality. A set apart condition.

That is love. That which is something to behold as of royalty. Loving someone goes beyond man’s flaws. We all make mistakes, we fall though at times it is not a fault of our own. The Bible clearly says, For though a righteous man falls seven times, he will get up, but the wicked will stumble into ruins. Proverbs 24:16.

How do we see people when they have fallen? How does Christ our Redeemer see us when we fall from grace? How does your loved ones, church, society see you when you fall before their eyes?

I know what Jesus would do. He gave His life up for you and me to save us from eternal damnation. He saved us to have a new life in Him. He shall have mercy on all who have fallen from grace, to all who have cried out, ‘God have mercy on me, I have fallen! Please help me, forgive me.’

If Christ The King is willing and shouts back at the repentant sinner, ‘I have heard your cry. I have forgiven you’. Why can’t humans find it easy in their hearts to forgive? Why?

Falling away is one thing but to be shunned, condemned, judged stereotyped by the people who call themselves Christians who curse their offender and praise God out from the same lips is to be pitied. Clearly such people have not experienced the saving grace of the risen Saviour. A person who is a recipient of God’s grace understands the power of forgiveness. Such a one understands the true meaning of love and acceptance, having been given another chance to live again. For Christ our Saviour did not save us to live and enjoy life for ourselves only but to serve Him and to reach out to those who have fallen and are broken and to nurture them until they are strong and in a position to help others, who like them, have fallen.

The Word of God is a lamp unto our feet it talks about unity in the body of Christ. It admonishes us to put away every evil thing from amongst us with all malice, bitterness, wrath, anger, clamour, let no corrupt word proceed from our mouths. But what is good for the necessary edification that it may impart grace to the hearers. Let us all be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you. (Ephesians 4 and Philippians 4)

The God that I know in the Scriptures is the God of forgiveness. He gives us another chance and another and yet another but not to be taken for granted. For God sees the heart.

My dear friends, do not judge a person for their past. The past shall not dictate their future. God sees a person in the future. We humans sees each other either who we were or who we are today. God knows the end from the beginning. We each have a timetable on God’s calendar. Our time will come to fulfil our purpose and reach our destiny when He sees us ready to glorify His name.

Gideon was addressed as, “you mighty man of God” by an Angel of the Lord. Gideon looked around to see if there was anybody there apart from him. Little, rugged David, straight from the field, dirty and smelling of sheep dung was anointed as the future king of Israel. God had a glorious plan for both of them. The prophecy over these two men came to pass.

Let us all look inwardly for a moment and reflect on the number of times Christ has forgiven us. What secret sins have you been hiding that you were only too embarrassed to tell someone? You asked God for forgiveness and He set you free. How many times have you fallen and God forgave you and picked you back up again?

If God can do that for you straight after you asked for His forgiveness, can you not do the same to your brothers and sisters? Can you not allow the love that covers a multitude of sins to tenderise your heart with unconditional love and divine compassion? Can we not  fill our hearts with only kind and gentle, loving words to win this fallen generation? Can we not become the loving arms of Jesus to people who need love? Can we not become the channel of His peace, love and forgiveness?

God has given you a big heart, the  capacity to hold His unmeasurable love without bounds, to sacrifice. Go and saturate this world with the love and forgiveness He died on the cross to give to all humanity.