There is an old Catholic song that states in the words some of the amazing truths of being a Christian: (italics mine)
‘Make me a channel of your peace’
(May I be an empty vessel for you Lord that brings peace, calm,restfulness and hope to this world)
‘Where there is hatred let me bring your love’
(Especially for those who dont deserve of your love- actually we ALL qualify for that job)
Where there is injury (hurt) your pardon Lord,
(your forgiveness and mercy)
and where there is doubt true Faith in you.
(a trust in God no matter what)
O Master grant that I may never seek
As much to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love with all my soul.
(to think of others more than myself)
This really hit home to me one day when Bruce and I were arguing about something – I dont even remember what! The line of trying to understand more than being understood entered my head. I actually stopped fighting for me, silently asked God for His Grace and tried to understand Bruce’s point of view. Peace reigned and my husband was surprised.
This is the ideal character of a Christian and so hard to attain but I need a goal to aim for. I dont know about you, but without a goal I would just be very lazy and honestly some days it would be all about me. As Paul stated in the New Testament – I know the right thing to do but I dont do it.
Thank God for His Patience, His Everlasting Love, Mercy, Grace and Forgiveness and that God looks at the heart. I will try to do my bit but I rely on God’s Grace and Him working through me to do ALL the rest. I’ll pray for you, so please pray for me that God works in us so that one day we will be with Him in paradise.