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Irenic. The word means peaceful. This web log (or blog) exists to create an ongoing, and hopefully peaceful, series of comments on the life of King of Peace Episcopal Church. This is not a closed community. You are highly encouraged to comment on any post or to send your own posts.

8/10/2007

Freely share the fruit of love

Sadhu Sundar Singh (1889-1929) wrote of the life of faith saying,
If a blind man comes groping along the road, it is only right that we who can see should step aside and avoid bumping into him. And if he, by accident, bumps into us, we should not take offense, but rather help him find his way. If we get annoyed about it, it only proves that we are blinder than the blind man himself, completely lacking both common sense and human sympathy. Similarly, if anyone persecutes us because we follow the truth, we should – instead of being offended – forgive and pray for that person in love. If we continue to experience opposition, we lose nothing, since we experience for the sake of the Master, the Truth, which is our reward. If we serve in love, then our service will eventually bear fruit. If some people speak evil of us or hurl abuse and criticism, then we should love them all the more. They may yet taste the sweet fruits of our love.

When naughty boys see a tree with delicious fruit hanging heavy from its branches, they sometimes throw stones. But the tree does not respond by hurling stones back. Instead, it drops its delicious fruit for them to enjoy. The tree does not have stones to hurl, but it freely shares what it does have – the sweet fruit – without murmur or complaint. So do not be discouraged if some hurl abuse and criticism at you for following the spiritual life. It is a sign that they actually long for the fruit God has given you. And even if they attack you out of malice and spite, still you can offer spiritual fruits and reveal God’s love.

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5 Comments:

  • At 8/10/2007 8:01 AM, Blogger Rhonda said…

    Yes but how much abuse and criticism are we expected to take?

     
  • At 8/10/2007 8:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    In response to Rhonda: How much abuse and criticism did Jesus have to take? When you show God's love in the face of adversity, it will empower and strengthen you.

    "God bless them, and change me!"

     
  • At 8/10/2007 9:53 AM, Blogger Rhonda said…

    And when they do not change what then?
    Empower and strenghten to fight back or to turn the other cheek for that one to be hit.

     
  • At 8/10/2007 10:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Rhonda, I think you misread what I quoted. "God bless THEM and change ME." Eventually, nobody will fight against a blessing and when you are changed within by God's love, those adversities become small in comparison. I certainly pray that you are not referring to physical abuse. You sound as if you are deeply hurt.

    God Bless You!

     
  • At 8/15/2007 9:23 PM, Blogger Rhonda said…

    You are correct! I was hurt! I took from the post what I thought I needed and didn't take the time to take from it what I really needed. When we look at things sometimes we don't see the real message.

     

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