Sometime ago, I was having a conversation with a friend of mine. Somehow she started talking about how she had stopped praying for the fulfillment of Vision 1 of 10 in 10 (Vision 1 of 10 in 10 is the prophecy of Bishop David Oyedepo that Covenant University would be one of the top 10
universities in the word by the year 2022).
I asked why and she was going on and on about how she didn’t believe in it. I became agitated( though I didn’t show it) as I just couldn’t understand how a stakeholder in the school could utter such words. I mean maybe it’s just me but aren’t we all supposed to be running with the vision believing God to confirm the word of his servant?
Well from her words obviously not every one had the same perspective as I did. As my agitation and rage was steady rising, the holy spirit said to me “Wait a minute, why are you taking what she said so personally, when the one who will bring the prophesy to pass loves her all the same and won’t hold what shes saying or believes against her?”
It was then it hit me. We Christians most times stop at the knowledge that God’s loves us not going further to understand that God loves the next person just as much. That all he gave to you and me he has made available to the other person as well.
He is not a partial father, he actually loves us all the same!! We are all sinners and please note there is no “big” or “small” Sin in the eyes of God; Sin is Sin. In the same way, his Grace is his Grace, his Love is his Love. The same Love he has for you and me he has for the pedophile, the murderer, the thief, the mocker, the homosexual.. Everyone!
The bible says we should despise sin not despise the sinner (Psalm 97:10a) those 2 are very different things actually.
As I realize this day by day I’m learning to quit being so unforgiving. Remember that line of the lords prayer that reads “forgive us our trespasses even as we forgive those who trespass against us” (Matthew 6: 12, Matthew 6:14-15).
Christianity after all is being more like Jesus, If we say we are trying to be like Jesus we must not forget to emulate his forgiving, merciful and gracious nature. Its the entire package, not just some of his character traits.
Yours in Grace,