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PostSubject: God's Property   April 27th 2007, 10:05

God's Property

Dear Youth,

During our church prayer meeting recently, I was made aware of a very simple, yet helpful quote in the beautiful book Steps to Christ. It says: "You are to seek the forgiveness of God, because the brother you have wounded is the property of God." (Steps to Christ, p. 37) The context of this statement is, obviously, in seeking the forgiveness of God and man for giving offense to another individual. Today, however, I would like to focus on the words in bold type.

In our day-to-day lives we come across a variety of people, each with their own peculiar personality traits! In our interactions with these different people, however close or distant they may be, we undoubtedly come across a trait in their personality or something in their manner that really tests our patience, or even may disgust us! Often times we are quick to judge others and to accuse them of one thing or another, and sometimes even justify our hatred or indifference as being "understandable" or "unavoidable" when dealing with various persons.

I'm sure you all understand these feelings that are very real and that we all have to deal with at least sometime in our lives! Of course, as Christians, we understand that despite our rationalizations, this attitude is wrong and unchristlike. This is true, and we could just leave it at that, although sometimes it helps by having something very simple to put all this in perspective. For me, the opening quote did that just perfectly!

You see, if we understand that everyone, even those that irritate and infuriate us the most, are the property of God, it may help us to treat them as such. When we hurt another individual, which is inevitable if we harbour unkind feelings toward them, we are not just hurting a person, we are actually wounding the property of God, thus causing our Redeemer inexpressible pain.

This kind of spirit of intolerance and annoyance is probably most prevalent within the doors of our own homes. Often it's only little things that cause big outcomes, the most devastating outcomes resulting in fragmented or separated families. We see our immediate family members nearly every day of every year! Frankly, living with people is a very hard thing for us, as humans, to do! So, because of the closeness of the family circle, we might often find that the members within our family cause us the most frequent and frustrating experiences! During these trying moments we may begin to have feelings of resentment, disrespect, or apathy, that if left to harbour and mount up will ruin both our relationship with God and also with the dearest people on earth - our parents and siblings (husbands and wives). However, notwithstanding all the common frustrations and misunderstandings between our family members, they forever remain the property of God.

"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16) The Bible tells us that God loves the human race so much that He was willing to send a Sacrifice to die for every single person ever born into this world! Through this sacrifice, God was able to buy back His own. Man now became His and His alone. By this great act He is now able to adopt all who are willing into His own family! "Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God." (1 John 3:1)

God has made provision for EVERY single person to become His son or daughter. He has purchased each person with His own, precious blood, and henceforth we are now children of God! As Christian's, it is our ever-present duty to treat everybody and ANYBODY just as they are in Christ--children of God, His own property, and heirs to His kingdom!

--Stephanie Fox

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