Tuesday, 19 June 2012
If love is the greatest spiritual gift, then it would seem that, if Christians want to be healers of hearts and souls, then we should pray for this gift, greater even than miracles, which can be flashy and then forgotten in time.
However, to experience being seen and loved by another, to understand that ones depths have been gazed upon and still loved, brings about the deepest of healing; for nothing needs to be hidden. There is no one outside of God’s love, because God sees the depths of the heart and loves what is seen.
It is true that Jesus got angry at some of the Jews of his time, but his anger was a tool to shake up those who thought themselves the top of the religious ladder. Many of them did after all come to believe in Jesus; perhaps for the same reason the Samaritan woman became a believer. They understood that his anger was a form of teaching, trying to unmask what was keeping them isolated from others and unloving.
The easiest thing to do is to look down on others and show contempt, for in doing so it protects us from looking within our own hearts, so that we can learn that what we condemn in others is in reality self hatred for ourselves.
How has being shown love healed you in some way? How does Jesus righteous anger depict love? In what ways can you show love to the people around you today?