Today’s exhortation – 29/05/2018
I grazed my finger on a window as I was trying to shut it. The pain I felt was almost unbearable, I almost cried. Ok, scratch that (I almost cried), a tear or two dropped. Next thing you know, there was blood all over my hand. I became scared. I got cotton wool and methylated spirit and proceeded to clean the cut. You can imagine the pain I felt when the M-spirit hit the open wound. More tears dropped….You might begin to wonder at that time if I was such a wimp. It was a small cut for God’s sake! Why all the drama???
Well…yes it may have been a small cut, yet it affected my whole body. My finger was the victim, but my hand and subsequently my whole body felt and shared in the pain. It was impossible for just my finger to have suffered my mistake then, which was my being careless while attempting to shut the window.
How many times have we made mistakes that others suffered for? A few years back, I had to cough up money unplanned for (hundreds of thousands of naira) simply because a family member made a wrong judgment. It affected us all and it was so very painful that it took God for me not to fall into sin because of it. Most especially in a family, other family members suffer a lot from your grave mistake. There’s always most likely a ripple effect. You ignore your health and load up on sugar. You end up with high blood sugar, then diabetes, then stroke….. Parents, siblings and even friends end up selling off their properties to raise money to treat you. You marry that man you were warned against. He ends up beating you to death and leaving your loved ones grappling with the pain. Yes, you are the victim but it has left everyone connected to you in tears!
Just take a moment and think about the last few years and every family issue that wasn’t directly your doing? Can you count how many?
How does this affect us as Christians? Many Christians, especially in church adopt the ‘look away and mind your business’ stance when they can clearly see their brethren going astray. We tend to avoid talking or correcting in love because we don’t want to be tagged ‘poke-nosers’ or ‘busy-bodies’ or the most common one – “judgemental”. One of the greatest reasons why this happens is because we are selfish and refuse to love our neighbour as ourselves as Jesus admonished. If we see each other as part of one body, knowing that what affects one affects all, we would react differently.
Let’s read this scripture: 1st Corinthians 12:12-27 NIV
12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. 14 Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.
15 Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. 19 If they were all one part, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, but one body.
21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” 22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, 24 while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, 25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. 26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.
27 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.
God asked Cain “where is Abel?” and Cain replied with a question “Am I my brother’s keeper?” If you read the ensuing verses, you’ll know the answer to that question is YES. You are your brother’s keeper, much more than you want to admit!
My finger healed and the pain left but there is a scar to remind me of that ‘bloody’ day. And that’s another thing you must remember – those mistakes always leave their mark!!!
So before you make and take that decision, think about how it would affect not just you, but others…either negatively or positively. It’s your life I agree, but the consequences of your actions have a ripple effect. Think about it.
Written for Thypreciousjewels 2018