THE MERCY OF GOD
by sana edoja 9/18/2010 / Devotionals
The other day, I saw somebody wearing an insulting t-shirt to the name of Jesus; it was mentioning Jesus in a sexual kind of way. I felt like saying something but I didn't because I thought that the minds of those who don't know Jesus have been blinded spiritually and cannot understand the love and compassion of Jesus Christ on the cross for our sins. We can't pass judgement on people blaspheming the name of Jesus Christ because we may have upset God in our behaviours in the past and God has forgiven us.
So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.
The bible is full of examples of when the Israelites have upset God with their wicked behaviours but he is patient in using prophets to manifest his anger and disapproval, warning them that if they don't change their attitudes, he will discipline them and wipe them out of his presence. God demonstrates his displeasure, patience and mercy. We need to learn and I'm learning how to express my discontentment when somebody is upset me, it is not an easy thing to do and I found it is a daily battle to find the strength to express my feelings and opinion in a free way, people tend to be selfish in wanting to control others by forcing their opinions on others, if we don't speak out, that vent so much anger. I recommend reading the workbook of anger by doctors Carter and Minirth, it helps a lot in dealing with our daily anger and it is Christian orientated. A good psychotherapy also helps dealing with the issues of anger. We have the right to express our opinion in an assertive kind of way but we shouldn't let others control us.
Jerusalem hath grievously sinned; therefore she is removed: all that honoured her despise her, because they have seen her nakedness: yea, she sigheth, and turneth backward.
But when the righteous turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and doeth according to all the abominations that the wicked man doeth, shall he live? All his righteousness that he hath done shall not be mentioned: in his trespass that he hath trespassed, and in his sin that he hath sinned, in them shall he die.
Neither shall they defile themselves any more with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions: but I will save them out of alltheir dwellingplaces, wherein they have sinned, and will cleanse them: so shall they be my people, and I will be their God.
Yea, all Israel have transgressed thy law, even by departing, that they might not obey thy voice; therefore the curse is poured upon us, and the oath that is written in the law of Moses the servant of God, because we have sinned against him.
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
The story below shows us the mercy of God, even when do horrible things to others, God doesn't kill us but give us the change to repent for our sins and accept him as our Lord and Saviour:
The former Nigerian footballer Godwin Okpara and his wife were sentenced Friday in France, 13 and 15 years' imprisonment for aggravated rape and domestic slavery against their adopted daughter, Tina. She was just 13 at the material time. Amély James Koh Bela, actress and author of Social My fight against prostitution, wanted to give us his opinion on the matter.
"Aggravated rape committed by a relative minor" and submission of "a minor working conditions and
accommodation contrary to human dignity" on the person of their adopted daughter, Tina. Were
found guilty last Friday of all these charges, I am pleased that Godwin Okpara and his wife had received a heavy sentence (13 year fixed for him and his wife for 15 years). End of an ordeal than 4 years.
One case among many others, we can just talk about others. A conviction for an example. A conviction for all these hundreds of Tina, all these hundreds of lives stolen anonymously and with impunity, all the violence of silence. And I have a great thought to all those who suffer the worst in the privacy of our homes. The facts mentioned here do not surprise me unfortunately. Recognize and raise children who are not their own is a common practice in Africa. But this cultural soil that many have decided to plant the seeds of shame. Pseudo missions education and solidarity that mask makes an unworthy child trafficking. For purposes of sexual exploitation or (and) for purposes of domestic slavery. The two are intimately linked.
No case law in Africa
And this is my fight. This is called human trafficking is often an open secret in African communities. Many people who know. Very little, and almost anyone, are those who dare to say. By refusing to see, out of fear, from either cultural, out of respect to families guilty of what I consider a crime. Today I dream of a single case Okpara, Africa. There is only one. For such a sentence has, to my knowledge, never been imposed by a court in Africa. A stir that would certainly act as a lever on a necessary awareness of the company placing the debate on the public stage.
However, the sentencing court is not far from it, the panacea. On the one hand because it does not repair all the harm that these children were victims, children scarred for life. On the other hand, because we stay in space repression. To act in depth, I think we should take the problem at its root, upstream. To educate and empower adults in their parenting role and relative rights of the child. The right to innocence and life. It is our son and daughters of the continent get our act together and take things in hand. We have to say NO to anything that sullies our image and our dignity. This is the most powerful and best message we can send the world.
On behalf of all my
If I Godwin Okpara in front of me, I would say it is a shame for Africa and for Men. I ask him if he really had any awareness of the consequences of his actions, hoping to see in his eyes the regret or remorse. On behalf of all my family and all victims who continue to suffer in the shadows, I would like a sincere request for forgiveness for what he did to that child. And he certainly would not have done if it had been her own child. In Africa they say it takes a village to raise a child. Each child is also mine than yours. Just as certainly ours as his.
I made the cause of my children and I fight it is the responsibility of all. Together, must
stand. Together we must protect our children, our treasure today for the wealth of tomorrow. "
James Koh Bela Amély
Amély James Koh Bela African specialist international traffic in human beings, has just published his second book My fight against prostitution (ed Jean-Claude Gawsewitch publisher, 224p, 2007
A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.