I was walking through the garden of this world and while playing with my siblings, I broke the toy-heart of my brother with my piercing and merciless words. I was happy that he couldn’t back answer me. As I moved ahead, I met my friends who did the same and were proud of me to walk with them. But in the evening, when the cold wind gushed through my clothes and a still voice came; everybody ran away and left me alone. No one stayed with me. And lo, Father came with His raised hand for I had done bad to my brother, something not taught by my Father. My eyes filled with tears, I trembled in front of Him, and a cold grip of fear took hold of me. I shut my eyes tight for I had no courage to look at Him for He is a God of Justice. I thought a fire from His hand would surely kill me now.
But, but there it became calm and peaceful. Everything seemed to be so serene. I slowly opened my eyes. And lo, it was Jesus Christ, my savior standing between me and Father. I hastened to grab his coat and stood behind Him, clinging to Him. And He spake to the Lord, “Forgive him for my sake and he shall not do it again.”
By now Father had calmed down to see Jesus standing between us. Christ turned to look at me, but I couldn’t raise my eyes to Him. I was ashamed. I was not worthy of His love. He had always saved me like a Good Shepherd. I had done IT several times and still He loved me; His love did not fail for me. Tears rolled down my cheeks until it felt the tenderness of His hand to wipe away my tears. And He said, “My son/daughter, do not be afraid for I have taken all your iniquities upon me. I have already paid the penalty on the Cross of Calvary and I don’t want you to pay it again. This is the Age of Grace; turn from your unrighteous path to the righteous one for once this age ends, there will come a Judgment Day from which no one will be able to flee. I know you trust me and I will surely save you, only if you commit me not to do any more evil.”
I answered, “Lord, help me to remove these evil habits from me, for I alone can do nothing without You. Help me to be Your obedient child, who will make You a proud Father. Let me lead a life pleasing to Your eyes…”
This is so true friends, knowingly or UNKNOWINGLY we hurt our brothers and sisters through our egoistic thoughts, out piercing words and sometimes we even feel proud of not being answered back. Perhaps, sometimes in the market we give a mean look to someone or maybe in an elevator we happen to think about the fellow being in a mean manner. But remember friends, even though others are not able to answer us or fight against the evil that we do to them, will the Lord in Heaven not hear their silent cry? Will He not take their side? God loves us all the times, whosoever we are and howsoever we are; but that doesn’t mean that we take advantage of His unfailing love.
Remember what James 3:6 tells us—tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity…
It can enlighten one’s soul but it can also burn someone’s heart. In this journey, remember to make our Heavenly Father proud of us rather than the friends in this world.
Be sure to respect your brothers and sisters in your heart and also in your words. For the Bible says in Proverbs 25:11, “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver”. Try to be perfect in our speech as far as possible for God will ask justification for every word that we utter this day.
May God bless you and grant you the grace to speak in His will to enlighten the souls and not to burn the hearts of our brethren.
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__Ms. Reed, keep your heart and mind on the side of good—the side of God, because on that great day when you stand before Christ your commitment to God will be rewarded. Keep your faith, I say, can you not see that our long-sufferings with sin won’t amount to our satisfaction with our reward?! “Is this Child YOU???”
**Thanks Giving: In contrast to your previous piece this length is much more adequate. You were able to give good depth to your opening example so when you transitioned to the application from scripture I made it with you.
*The intercession scene where Jesus vouches for you before the Father: “And He spake to the Lord, “Forgive him for my sake and he shall not do it again.”” I see images of Jesus along the idea of the intercessor much in your writing, am I wrong in thinking that this is a quality about the Godman that permeates your deepest understanding and is most meaningful to you?
***Complaints: Grammar and readability, as usual: “But, but there it became calm and peaceful”; “Tears rolled down my cheeks until it felt the tenderness of His hand to wipe away my tears”; “I know you trust me and I will surely save you, only if you commit me not to do any more evil”; and my favorite “God loves us all the times.” This isn’t even half of them; please reread your work. How can you edify someone with the truth of God if they misunderstand you?
**Why the confusion of gender? You are a female right? Then why are these words present in this piece: “Forgive ‘him’ for my sake and ‘he’ shall not do it again”; “My son/daughter, do not be afraid…” I don’t know what to make of this. Did the instance being described happen to you or another? Please change this or, explain why you refer to yourself this way.
*“…while playing with my siblings, I broke the ‘toy-heart’ of my brother with my piercing and merciless words.” I’m wondering about the meaning of this phrasing, “toy-heart”. At first I thought ‘fragile’, but then aren’t most toys supposed to be durable? So then I thought ‘bouncy’ or ‘playful’ and I settled on this meaning, but afterwards I thought: well then what did she do to break her brother’s toy- heart? Is this the same brother that was mentioned in the previous piece, "I’ll Give You No More Pain"? If so then perhaps you might want to write a piece about him giving the audience some knowledge of who he is so as to better understand your relationship with him; if not then simply add more to your description of his toy-heart so it can be better understood why you are describing it that way.
__Well I’ve complained more than I’ve given thanks yet again, how so very much like a Christian—ha, ha. And yet this piece does show improvement; focus in on clarification: could someone else understand the thoughts you have written on this screen? You made a good point about being respectful with our words and I hope that you find I am upholding this truth with my words, both positive and constructive, concerning your writing.