Wednesday, 13 June 2012
A Conduit of Love
There is a story told of a young theology student given a four month assignment at an asylum for the mentally ill. One of the patients was a man suffering from catatonic schizophrenia. He could not communicate and when spoken to, he would skitter from the room like a frightened mouse. Each day the theology student came to sit with the man, not speaking or making any sudden movements, just sitting quietly beside him. Others on staff at the asylum thought he was wasting his time on a patient seemingly unaware of his presence, yet the young man continued his visits. Eventually he could say a few quiet words without the man taking flight. The time came when he told the patient he would be leaving and would come tomorrow to say good bye. The next day when the patient was brought to the common room, he went to the piano and began to play Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata. Never had the young man heard this classic piece played with such tenderness, such expression of genuine emotion. At the last note the patient flitted from the room without even a look his way. The young man sat alone for some time, moved to tears by such an unexpected gift. He realized love had found a voice to speak from a trapped and muted mind.
The power of genuine love will flood through our lives until it finds a way to be expressed, like water through a crack in a wall. God’s love, through Jesus Christ indwelling us by the Holy Spirit, will find that unique place in each one of us best suited as a conduit to convey His love to a hurting world. If we truly have Christ living in our hearts we cannot help but show His love to others. It is what sets us apart, our unique stamp as Christ-believers, that we love one another. “This is how God showed His love among us: He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and His love is made complete in us.” - 1 John 4:9, 11, 12.
There are as many different ways to express God’s love as there are individuals who are filled with His Spirit. God has created us to experience His love in our own original way, so we are called to show His love to those around us in ways no one else can do. No one else can love our mate, our children, our parents, our friends, those in need, like we do. Because God is the source of love, He will empower us to love as we ought. It is a gift to channel His love; to be His hands, His feet, His voice, as only we can be.