This Sunday morning, after church there was one thought circling in my mind, “What do we usually pray for ?” Each time we pray, besides thanking for the daily Grace, we have a long list of requests. No doubt that God listens to our every request and problems. Solutions to complicated issues and survival through difficult times stems from our inherent faith in His Grace. But at times I feel we ask things in such a way that we don’t realize our requests are selfish and many a time, unreasonable.
What comes to my mind, is this story that I had read previously in one of the newsletters our church subscribes to.
“I asked God to punish my enemy and God told me: “No. He is destined to be your best friend. “
I asked God to grant me patience – and God said to me: “No. Patience is the result of trials. He is not given, he is taught. “
I asked God to take away my pride – and God said to me: “No. Pride is not taken away. They renounce it. “
I asked God to give me happiness – and God said to me: “No. I give blessings, and whether you will be happy depends on you. “
I asked God to save me and my loved ones from pain – and God said to me: “No. We suffer and overcome suffering together. “
I asked God for spiritual growth – but God told me: “No. The Spirit must grow itself, but I will always prompt. “
I asked God to help me love others just as He loves me – and God said: “With joy! Oh, finally you understand what you need to ask “
The Corinthian Love , true selfless love like God’s love for us (agape) has always been the epitome of the christian concept of love. In the modern times, love has been always an associated concept of relationship between a couple, friends or in a family. Yet love extends beyond that. The love for our fellow beings and country is a part of the concept too. As taught to us in 1 Peter 4:8, “Above all, have fervent love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins.”
For with the Corinthian love; enemies will be forgiven at heart, trials will be lessons, pride is submerged and happiness is found even at low times. By this love, pain and suffering is overcome. Above all, this kind of love teaches us to be the light of His Word in our daily life.
Though in the times that we live, these things are easier said than done. For everyone does live by their own agenda and each one has their own share of troubles. Yet despite all these, once in a while, if we base our actions on the Corinthian love, the peace and the joy we get is worth enduring the battles that life throws us into at any point of time.