Restoration through love and forgiveness
Job had been richly blessed and protected by God, he was a blameless, upright and righteous man, who revered God. Job was tested by God and apart from his wife, he lost all his possessions, his children, his wealth, his servants and his health. His friends came to console him, but instead of consoling and comforting, they blamed him for his problems. Even his wife became discouraged and despised him (Job 2:9). Job prayed for his friends pleading God to forgive them. In Job 42:10, God restored all of Job’s possessions. Job remained a faithful and righteous man before God. His story inspires many and is a profound influence in God’s children’s lives.
A gentleman, David, a follower of Christ, worked in an international company. His manager displayed anger toward David most of the time. So, he started to pray for his boss every day. When his boss arranged a party at his home for all his employees, David attended. He was shocked to see that his boss’s son was sick and in bed. With compassion, David started praying for his boss’s son and he totally recovered. This compassionate act of David touched the manager’s heart. He started behaving kindly towards David and his fellow workers.
Dear friend, we learn from the prayers of David for his manager’s son and Job’s prayers for his friends. We may be experiencing difficulties in different areas of our lives, however, we can also be blessed and be restored by our Lord, if we show love and kindness to others, forgiving each other as God in Christ forgave us. (Ephesians 4:32).
The famous quote of Mother Teresa said “Let us not be satisfied with just giving money. Money is not enough, money can be got, but they need your hearts to love them (poor /those who need of love). So, spread your love everywhere you go”.
Dear Heavenly Father, please give me a heart of forgiveness and a heart to love others as you have loved me. In the loving and gracious name of Jesus, I pray, Amen.