Last month, I encountered a man living in Lovea Village who was known by the villagers as a drunk and good for nothing. He would spend all his time gambling and drinking. Even his wife (one of the two Christian ladies) had given up on him.
Mr Pichet and Mr Pai, members of New Living Hope Centre, engaged him in conversation to find out more about him. Next, they went on to pray for him.
After this encounter, I asked myself:
Do I give up on my loved ones? Isn’t giving up on them un-Christlike? How can I show the love of Jesus to them when they don’t deserve the loving-kindness of Jesus? How can I be a good witness for Jesus?
It brought to my mind this verse:
And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.” – Mark 2:17
My reflection: I am as much of a sinner as the man in the village and in need of grace. His sins are out there for everyone to see but I am just better at covering up my sins. I am in no place to judge others. The grace of God is for everyone and all are deserving of this gift.
My prayer: Dear God, I pray that I will be reminded everyday that I am a sinner and that Jesus came to call me. Let me show the same mercy and loving-kindness to others who are in need too. In Jesus’ name, amen!