13th March 2012

Sunlight For Us All

“If you love only those who love you, what good is that?”
Matthew 5:46 (NLT 1996) 

I set off to the meeting with a very bad attitude. The project team needed my help, for they had made a significant error in their project planning. They were now desperately looking for a way to avoid the wrath of senior management. 

Mistakes happen. However, this team had made the same error on a number of occasions and I was getting fed up with helping to put things right. Would they ever learn? I was determined to arrive at the meeting in an unhappy mood. 

My journey took me outside, where I had a pleasant surprise; the weather was quite warm for the time of year. As I felt the sun’s rays on my face, a scripture suddenly came to mind. “For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust, too” (Matthew 5:45). 

Our Father has always showered the world with grace. How we take this for granted! 

To be like our Father, as Jesus requires, is a tough calling. But we are not on our own in this challenge. Jesus declares, “I am with you always” (Matthew 28:20). In all situations in life, we can ask for the lead of our Lord. He has an unlimited supply of grace for us all to dwell in. 

I realised that I was to take the lovely weather as a lesson from God. When I arrived at the meeting, I saw the world through new eyes. This was an opportunity to live in grace, rather than sit in judgment. And I had learned a little more about the loving nature of my God and Father. 

Father, you do give your sunlight to both the evil and the good, and you sent your Son to die for us all. What depths of grace are within your being! We praise you for your great love.

Study by Ian Woodley

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