A non-entity’s unique identity in Christ

    23-Dec-2022
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Lunminthang Haokip

ARTICLE
Contd from previous issue
When you repent for your sins, confess and forsake them (Proverbs 28:13), and get divine forgiveness, you are a new creature. Jesus left His heavenly comforts and on His own accord, willed to be born in human form, in the manger of a cow-shed, with the one-point agendum to redeem men from eternal damnation. Matt. 1:21. Accept Him as your Saviour and Lord. He will give you a new ID. The new nature will hate sin and delight in obeying God’s Word. Then the promise in 1 Peter 2: 9 can be yours, “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy Nation, a peculiar people.”
GOD SENT HIS SON TO SHOW HIS LOVE: In 2005, as ADC (some called it Additional  Demand Contact), KPI, the Spirit burdened me to do something for the PwDs - persons with disability - or The Differently Abled. I went to the DHQ (now) after getting a promise from Jeremiah 15:19-21. It was an out of the box idea to be motivated to improve the lot of the helpless. My sub-district (then) had nothing for the PwDs.
I sought God’s help. By His grace, We could provide appliances like hearing aid, walking sticks, and wheelchairs to hundreds of needy PwDs. God inspired me to write a song for them titled, “God Loves You.” We can bank on Jesus to love the unlovely. Our Lord loves all equally. He descended from heaven to ‘wipe every tear from every eye (Rev. 21:4). It was such inspired deeds of faith that made me come to the realisation of the truth that “Giving never empties the purse and loving never empties the heart.” We can only love our fellow human beings only when  we love the Lord our God.
It would have been more appropriate had the parable of ‘The Prodigal Son (Luke 15)’ been named as ‘The Parable of the Loving Father.’ It’s a demonstration of God’s love for His children who repent to ‘dust and ashes.’ The love Jesus was sent to impart to mankind was described in John 15:13, “Greater love no man hath than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” That’s what Christ did for us sinners. We become winners when we forsake our sins for His sake.
JESUS WAS BORN TO CONVEY GOD’S LOVE: Love is the greatest: 1 Cor 13:13 says, “And now these three remain: Faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.” A boy and girl may declare undying love (actually it’s lust painted with the ‘coating’ of love) for each other. But terse words exchanged between them after marriage can make them hate each other more than they hate anybody else. At times, greed to meet one’s needs is cleverly wrapped in the covering of love. That’s disgusting disguised intent to loot. A celeb lady used her charm to trap a rich tycoon.
The gullible purse-proud man fell hook, line and sinker for the beautiful temptress, and gifted her an expensive diamond necklace. But the false love petered off after sometime. Soon, they parted ways. The part-time hubby who hated the acting ‘Delilah’ demanded his diamond necklace back. The whistling woman, like a crowing hen, replied, “I never hated my man so much to return his gift!” That’s the fickle conditional love of men. Shakespeare in Sonnet 116 wrote, “Love is not love which alters when it alteration finds, Or bends with the remover to remove.” But I John 3:1 says, “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!”
The love of God for us is eternal. Jesus loves us so much that, like the candle, He burns Himself to give light to us. The light of His Word dispels all darkness that blurred our understanding hitherto. Won’t we reciprocate His sacrifice by accepting Him as our Saviour and Lord this Christmas season?