Friday, September 05, 2008

Daily Digest #135

I have sinned by betraying innocent blood. —Matthew 27:4

We all have, and been, betrayed before. Every unkept promise, lie, deliberate rudeness or thoughtlessness is an act of betrayal. Betrayal loses trust. And once a person's trusts is broken, although forgiveness may come in swiftly, it would take time and effort to get one's trust back. It is like a stain that cannot be easily removed, unless bleached, scrubbed and rinsed religiously. Betrayal causes sorrow, but one who has truly repented of his/her faults would go lengths to prove that he/she has had a change of heart. Trust is earned. One can only endure, hope and pray, for the outcome is always up to God. Just as Jesus unceasingly forgives our sins, He wants to build His trust in us, and ours in Him.

Jesus said to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. I guess this is the only way we can truly live in harmony. It takes away selfishness, envy, greed and pride. And because each of us is a representation of His son, what we do to others we also do to Him. When we hurt others, we hurt Him. When we love others, we love Him.

For this, let us pray. May God teach us real love. May He guide our thoughts, words and actions in every choice we make. May we believe that God forgives, and that He wants to trust us. At the same time, may we learn to trust His ways and grow in faith. Pray always.

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