I received an e-mail hug the other day and it ‘felt’ good. The words enclosed me with a deliciously warm feeling.
Then a few days later, I received an unexpected hug from a lady in a real-life situation. This lady is poor, needy in many ways, smelt bad and the hug felt decidedly different.
It was actually very good for other reasons than the hug, smile and words of welcome that I could give her. It was what she gave to me in return.
It was not the sensation of stale body odour in my nostrils or the air thick with urine scents. It was the hug of acceptance that she conveyed to me for not rejecting her and treating her like any other person. Actually treating her like a worthwhile person. Respecting her. This brought tears to my eyes.
God came for all and especially to preach the good news to the poor. The poor come to us in many ways:
- Poor in spirit/disheartened and overburdened – Jesus has come to make it ‘light’ for them. To take off the burdens they carry. To fill them with Himself.
- Poor in belongings and struggling to make ends meet – He can provide for them miraculously himself or through others. Jesus has given the wealthy more than enough to go around and share it with others.
- Poor in mindset that they are unworthy or not good enough – Jesus said only God is good so we, all of mankind, belong in the same boat and none of us are better than anyone else. Jesus also shared Love your Neighbour. All are good enough to be loved by Him. He came to die for ALL. He has no favourites.
Jesus has all the answers for all of mankind. He came to set the captives free. To bring us Life. Eternal Life for ALL.
If as a Christ follower, I can convey through a hug that I love them, I care for them and that they are loved by their Heavenly Father, then I have achieved much. He hugs them too with a never-ending love. No conditions needed. It’s forever and always.
And so I rejoice in both hugs and hope that I somehow can convey to all that are in my sphere of influence that God loves them and desires to have a relationship with them and hugs them way more than I do or can.
Give someone a hug today and convey this to them.
ALL are loved and are hugged by God. Have a great hugging week!
May these jottings from my journal inspire you to believe in and fall in love with Christ- the hope of the world, as stated in Jeremiah 17:7, ‘Blessed is the man who believes and trusts in and relies on the Lord and whose hope and confident expectation is the Lord!’