…and though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity (love), it profiteth me nothing. I Corinthians 13:3.
This verse makes me think of my Christian brothers and sisters who are suffering all over the world. For example, in the news, I have been reading of Christians in the Iraq town of Mosul. The reports are that they are threatened to convert to Islam or die. A link to this story can be found at: http://www.worthynews.com/17180-islamic-state-to-christians-in-mosul-convert-or-die
As Christians, when we would like to see someone converted, we offer them hope, salvation through Christ, a new life, forgiveness, joy, comfort, and the companionship of our Savior, Jesus Christ. He bridges the gap that separates us from a Holy God. We know that the person who does not know Christ will not have salvation or eternal life, and we don’t want to see that person die in their sins, and be separated forever from God.
Only a hateful person, one who does not know a loving God, would want to kill someone that won’t convert to their faith. How does a religion justify murdering someone because they do not convert? What religion is that, and can it even be called a “religion”?
I was told a long time ago, that all religions are man’s attempt to reach God, but Christianity is God’s way of reaching man. It is because of love that a man will lay down his life for someone else, but Christ did this for us while we were yet sinners! That’s love with a profit!
I pray for my fellow Christians who are suffering, that they will stand firm in the Lord, and in His mighty power. To live is Christ, to die is gain! May you be encouraged, strengthened, and may God give you knowledge to handle each situation you’re in. I also pray for the Lord of the harvest to send workers, and that we will one day be able to stand before God. Lord, help us to be good ambassadors for you, while there is yet time. Forgive us of our sins, and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Help our actions to be done in love. Thank you, in the name of Jesus, the One who is able to do all things, and who loves us dearly – even enough to die for us. Amen.