There are those who have both written and spoken, saying if there is a god, why is god so cruel? Why does he demand so much of us?
These questions can be countered by asking another: “Does God demand of us something he is not prepared to do himself”, and then referring to a passage in the Bible such as Paul’s letter to the Philippians Chapter 3 verses 1 to 11.
“Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.” (Philippians2:1-3)
This passage reveals for us the breathtaking fact as to what is at the very heart of God and of His greatness. This is the God we are called to believe in and adore and whose light we are to conduct our lives in.
May the mind of Christ my Saviour
live in me from day to day,
by his love and power controlling
all I do or say.
May the word of God dwell richly
in my heart from hour to hour,
so that all may see I triumph
only through his power.
May the peace of God my Father
rule my life in everything,
that I may be calm to comfort
sick and sorrowing.
May the love of Jesus fill me,
as the waters fill the sea;
him exalting, self forgetting --
this is victory.
May I run the race before me,
strong and brave to face the foe,
looking only unto Jesus
as I onward go.
Katie Barclay Wilkinson (Singing the Faith 504)
The reflections here are written by members of our congregation.