Someone Is Listening…The Ball Is In Your Court

      One would think that as technology improves the lives of the people around the world, the people themselves will be more caring and loving towards one another. On the contrary, people are more uncaring and calculating in their disdain for their fellow humans. Terrorism, domestic violence, wanton killings and hurting of people are at an all time high across the globe. People care more for their pets and other animals than they do for humans like them. In Christendom, the desire to get ahead in life has turned so many to competitive monsters in their homes, offices and their environment. Attitudes and characters that should not be heard or spoken of are common place amongst children of God. This in itself is a pointer that Jesus Christ is truly on His way back: “Sin will be rampant everywhere and the love of many will grow cold” (Matthew 24:12, NLT). Jesus Christ left a mandate for us His disciples and those who believe in Him as a guide for our dealings with one another: “This is My command: love one another as I have loved you” (John 15:12). This is the heart of the Gospel and if we must take the message around the world, this mandate must be at the heart of our message. Christ went further to say: “No one has greater love than this, that someone would lay down his life for his friends” (Matthew 15:13). 
      Beloved, from Genesis God has been teaching this message and only those that grasped this were able to access the blessing therein. There is a blessing released to us and our loved ones when we walk and work in this truth. It is not enough to say we love, we must demonstrate it. As we do, it equally affects those that are in our environment. Beloved, the goings on around you, have you sat down to wonder why? We have attributed such calamities to the works of the enemy and his agents, have you stopped to think that you may just be the architect of what is happening around you? You may argue that you showed love but the people around you refused to accept or acknowledge it. True! But the Bible tells us: “In the same way, let your light shine before men, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in Heaven” (Matthew 5:16). This simply means, whether they accept, acknowledge it or not, you, continue to love; and this will eventually shut them up. When Cain killed his brother Abel, God asked him where his brother was, and he replied, ‘am I my brother’s keeper?’ The same question we are being asked. 
      Beloved, the things we do actually affects those that are close to us, either listening to us or are related to us. The Bible gave an account of Paul and Silas in the dungeon, how they prayed and sang hymns. I am sure when they started out, they did not think God will respond to them the way He did. But God did! The Bible pointed out that the other prisoners listened to them! The lesson is not only for us to sing praises in times of great pain but to understand that the outcome of our actions in such times will equally affect those ‘listening’ to us. The Bible says the prisoners were listening; for that reason, they too were delivered of their chains. Beloved, the things that come out of your mouth, especially during trying times, are you sure are not responsible for the predicament you and those around you are in? When we do good, everything around us reaps the benefit and when we do bad, the consequences goes round as well (Genesis 6:11-12). Beloved, you may be hurt about a matter like Cain, but I can assure you, if you speak aloud what you are angry about you will realize that it is not worth the effort and energy you have assigned to it. Beloved, it is time for your light to truly shine in love amongst the people so that those terrible conditions can change! The ball is in your court! God bless you. 


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