#Gafartawa in Hausa means ‘Forgiveness’ – The one that has been ‘forgiven much loveth much; but the one has been forgiven little loveth little’ (Luke 7:47). It is not our ability to love and forgive that proves that we are christians; it is rather the revelation of who Christ is that allows us to love and forgive – Remain blessed in the Lord.
The more we grow in knowledge of God’s Holiness and Forgiveness; the more we will repent. That is a personal testimony for me. Finishing from uni; I’ve started working now; went back to studies; got married and so on – but I repent more than I did when I was first saved. In my last post; I spoke about a theme that will probably run throughout this blog and throughout my dreams for the rest of my life: Forgiveness.
The wider one’s revelation of God’s Love and God’s Holiness – the more we will repent. As a christian; we must even produce fruit in keeping with repentance (Matt 3.8) i.e. live a life on continual and growing repentance. You will repent more; make no doubt about it. When given a revelation via the Holy Spirit and the Scriptures of how high God is; one will understand more how low one is. When given a revelation of how Holy God is; one will understand more how wicked and rebellious one is. You will understand more how High he and more how Low He came to save you. So; what does this have to do with losing a loved one.
When you get very very distraught over the death of a loved one that the whispers of the serpent ebb at you taking you away from God’s Presence and Scripture and you feel your find turning away from the Lord: Afterwards: You will repent. Now this will be considered utter foolishness in the eyes of the world I know; but hang in there – let me land. And land on scripture. It is pride that makes us disagree with God and His Word when He says ‘we are dust’ (Eccles 3.20 & 12.7); that God is the potter and we are the clay (Rom 9.21) and that the day of death is better than the day of birth (Eccles 7.1). He who calls the world his home has no home. Christians who have devoted themselves in mediation of the word day and night are filled with the spiritual understanding that Blessed are those who the world is not their home (Matt 5.10-12).
Death does not scare one that has assurance. Please don’t mis-understand me; there’s nothing wrong with mourning over the death of loved one; and for many it will take a long time – even years to overcome. The ability to cry is in fact a gift from God (Eccles 3.4, Psalm 30.11 & Matt 4.4) but when we become very very lost and grieved; it is a possible sign that we’ve idolised and not fully submitted to the book of James when it says that to even see tomorrow is a gift of Grace bestowed by God (James 4.13-15). We don’t believe that anymore – we genuinely believe that we and our loved ones are entitled to see tomorrow. That is Sin. That is pride and that for the redeemed; these situations though sensitive will lead to repentance.
The world says that when we go to the grave we cease to exist; but the Bible says that death is not a fear but an entry to be re-united with our Maker. How dare we lose our minds when we have lost loved ones when death is destined for all? In fact, better to be in a house of mourning (Eccles 7.2) than to go to a house of feasting.
A message to my young son and my young daughter: Do not let the world deceive you. Death will and must happen to all. The biblical world view of death is this: It will happen to all (Eccles 3.20); nobody knows their time (Luke 12.19-21); don’t you dare believe you are entitled to see tomorrow (James 4.12-15); repent, bow your knee and believe in Jesus Christ (Acts 3.19). Newspapers, News Channels, Documentaries, YouTube debates and vlogger profiles, interviews and reality tv shows may convince you pretty well – that the evil of man is sovereign. The evil and envy of man is so sovereign that it is worth talking about and debating about and youtubing about and so on.