“Why if I walk in Your will, I need to face all this?” I complained. “If same is the reward for the right and wrong, then why not do the wrong and keep my soul happy as well (like others)? Yesterday Your Son called out, today I cry out to You, why have You forsaken me, Lord?”
“I go to church every Sunday, I try my best not to hurt anyone from my end, I struggle not to lie, I haven’t murdered anyone till date, I respect You Lord, I do not steal anything from anybody, I love everyone, then why me? Is there anything better I could have done to please You?” I was all broken.
Out came a hand to reach my head. Slowly it slipped down to pat my back. And there came a silent smile on His face.
“Do you not know that I punish all those whom I love?
I know you go regularly go to the church, but do you spiritually seek my presence?
I know you don’t want to hurt anybody, but is it possible that unknowingly some are hurt by you?
I know you try hard to keep my commandments, but do you not know that if you keep nine of them and miss one—you still stay away from me?
You say you love all and yes you do my child, I know. But aren’t you still holding grudges against those who have hurted you?
My child, didn’t I teach you to forgive and forget? Love is forgiving.”
That day He taught me what is love.
Love is knowing someone (Mix-up with others—they might be needing you)
Love I letting someone know you (Don’t keep things to yourself)
Love is giving someone (Give because you are given by God)
Love is caring for someone (You might make someone feel special)
Love is sharing with someone (Share the Good News)
Love is smiling with someone (Your smile might just make someone’s day)
Love is crying with someone (Cry with those who cry)
Love is also crying for someone (Life is not always fair)
Love is listening to someone (Someone might be feeling low in their soul)
Love is having something listened by someone (Grow & help grow)
Love is losing someone (God has right to take things away that He has given us)
Love is hiding tears from someone (Don’t make someone feel they are disappointing)
Love is struggling for smile in front of someone (Make them feel they are good people)
Oh My Heart, What is Love?
Love is a commitment (Do it wholeheartedly and without ceasing.)
Love is a feeling for someone (love is true, love is pure, make it glow all the way for sure)
All this seems to be so easy for the ones whom we already love or whom we know newly, but how do we go about loving our enemies?
You might say, “but, I don’t have any enemies!”
Dear friend, by not loving someone s/he is as good as an enemy.
The key to love your enemy – FORGIVE
This is His will for you. Then and then only we will be forgiven as well.
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__Joyce, Hello! Thank you for encouraging me in my critiques on your writing. Certainly we are a great example of how believers should build each other up. “My Conversation with God”
**Pleasant: Ah, an expository type of piece instead of a poetic one. I’m delighted that you are experimenting with a different style of writing. Variety will allow for God to use your writing to reach a wider audience of people.
*These 2 thoughts I felt were excellently worded: “Yesterday Your Son called out, today I cry out to You, why have You forsaken me, Lord?” You take us from Jesus’ desperate cry to your desperate cry; your pain is exactly understood, excellent transition. “I know you go regularly go to the church, but do you spiritually seek my presence?” The seen reality, regularly going to church, gives sheer contrast to the unseen reality, spiritually seeking God’s presence, this phrasing will bring the way of error to light in peoples’ hearts—good job.
**Bothersome: Grammar and readability. I’m sorry, but this piece reads horribly. All of your pieces so far have had syntax problems but they were poetic in nature so I did not mention it since poetry tends to allow for that kind of freedom, expository pieces however do not. Your piece concerns Christian living—you have something you want to share with us so communicate it clearly! Please, reread your pieces before posting!
*Two subjects, both with not enough attention given. I know this is harsh, but you didn’t really do much explaining in this expository piece. “Why if I walk in Your will, I need to face all this?” This is how you start off, basically asking: why do I suffer for going good? God answers basically with: because you still mess-up, “…do you spiritually seek my presence?" "…is it possible that unknowingly some are hurt by you?" "…do you not know that if you keep nine of them and miss one…?” This doesn’t seem very loving on God’s part, but that’s fine for Him to say, so long as He explains that He forgives our mistakes if we ask allowing for his mercy to triumph over his justice in our lives. Instead you have God changing the subject, “my child, didn’t I teach you to forgive and forget? Love is forgiving,” which is where the second topic, not directly related to the first one, begins. You then proceed in the 1st Corinthians 13 format to describe, from your perspective, what love is though some of your points are debatable. By the end there is no resolution: what does love have to do with my suffering? Is it because I don’t love people that I continue to suffer, even though I say I’m walking in God’s will? If I forgive my enemies will God be satisfied and remove them from my life? More could be said but I hope you see my point, you should have focused more on either encouraging us in our sufferings in following Christ, or teaching us deeper things about the subject love.
__In all this piece reads like a conversation, true to its title, but has the grammar inconsistencies of one as well. Good attempt at a different writing style, but confused as to your main idea. May God continue to stretch your skill as you create new writings.