HARD LOVE

Let me go back a few years and remember the loss we had in our family. I speak of the Greggs and Bynoes whom I am a great part of the family. This is in memory of all those we have lost. With death, there is pain and sometimes cannot be expressed but to cry. In St. Vincent and the Grenadines death is sacred and is treated in very high regards and respect. Today, as times have changed it is in a most celebratory mood and rejoicing. This gives those that are grieving and mourning a better chance to snap out and be focused on the future.

We often heard the quote from the Bible “As it was in the beginning so shall it be in the end”. So, we are reliving those days in its present form. so look at this passage of Scripture and a brief commentary. God bless you

“When he had heard therefore that he was sick, he abode two days still in the same place where he was” (John 11:6).

In the forefront of this marvelous chapter stands the affirmation, “Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus,” as if to teach us that at the very heart and foundation of all God’s dealings with us, however dark and mysterious they may be, we must dare to believe in and assert the infinite, unmerited, and unchanging love of God. Love permits pain. The sisters never doubted that He would speed at all hazards and stay their brother from death, but, “When he had heard therefore that he was sick, he abode two days still in the same place where he was.”

What a startling “therefore”! He abstained from going, not because He did not love them, but because He did love them. His love alone kept Him back from hosting at once to the dear and stricken home. Anything less than infinite love must have rushed instantly to the relief of those loved and troubled hearts, to stay their grief and to have the luxury of wiping and stanching their tears and causing sorrow and sighing to flee away. Divine love could alone hold back the impetuosity of the Saviour’s tender-heartedness until the Angel of Pain had done her work.

Who can estimate how much we owe to suffering and pain? But for them, we should have little scope for many of the chief virtues of the Christian life. Where was faith, without trying to test it; or patience, with nothing to bear; or experience, without tribulation to develop it?

“Loved! then the way will not be drear;
For One we know is ever near,
Proving it to our hearts so clear
That we are loved.

“Loved when our sky is clouded over,
And days of sorrow press us sore;
Still, we will trust Him ever more,
For we are loved.

“Time, that affects all things below,
Can never change the love He’ll show;
The heart of Christ with love will flow,
And we are loved.”

Sir Godfrey Gregg

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