Minister's Update

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May 2017 Letter

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Dear Congregations

South Africa has been in the news a lot over the past few weeks. Good things happened: different political parties took hands to make their voices heard together; but bad things happened too: protests got out of hand and property got damaged and people got hurt. But it’s not only in South Africa that political turmoil is raging… It seems that almost all over the world violence and hatred is becoming the norm. But that’s not the way it should be.

Nelson Mandela said: “No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People learn to hate; and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”

Wow… And Nelson Mandela is probably the one person who could justify his right to hate. But instead, he chose to love. If only more people realised how strong love is.

All of us who believe in Christ have seen the power of true love in Jesus as he died on the cross, and rose to new life again. He did all of that for us, selflessly, because he loves us.

What is love? In 1 Corinthians 13 we find the answer to this question:

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Let’s choose to love.

Always, no matter what.

Even when it’s hard.

Because love is what our world needs.

 

May God bless you all.

With love,

Nanda

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