Tuesday 24th March
1 John 4:7
Let us love one another; for love is of God,
and they who love are born of God and knows God.
What is it to have compassion for another?
It is to see the other person as God sees them;
for God sees only through the eyes of love.
God has no blinkers,
God just sees the person and loves them for who they are.
May we learn to see each other has God sees us; through the eyes of love.
There was once a wealthy widow
who allowed a hermit to live in the chapel at the end of her garden.
For years she protected his privacy and provided for him.
Then one day she wondered if all this praying was making the hermit more holy;
and she resolved to test the hermit to make sure she wasn’t wasting her money.
She employed a very beautiful woman to visit the hermit and try to seduce him;
This, she thought, would be a good test of his holiness.
The beautiful young woman used all the means possible to seduce the hermit;
but the hermit was not to be seduced
and he sent her away in tears, calling her a servant of the devil.
The rich widow, seeing his response, immediately threw him out of the chapel.
The hermit was stunned: “What did I do wrong?” He cried. “I spurned all her advances. “
The widow replied:
“A holy man might be forgiven for being seduced by such beauty,
but the fact that you treated her so badly and showed her no compassion,
was proof that all your prayers are not making you any more holy.”
We can keep all the rules perfectly and be devout in all our spiritual devotion;
but if we do not grow in compassion, and our heart is not opened, it is all for nothing.
If I speak in the tongues of angels, but have not love,
I am but a noisy gong or a clashing cymbal.
-1 Corinthians 13