OLIA People’s heart

OLIA People’s heart

Let’s come to an agreement that you and I might have differing opinions on what constitutes as good and evil.

If so, then where does God fit into the ultimate fight of ‘Good vs. Evil’?

If you are to use your own judgment on what is good and evil, God’s interest for your life versus your own interest may be in complete contrast to one another.  This would categorize God’s interest in your life to be in opposition of your own.  You might not like what God is doing, His intentions, what He is letting happen, or even the end result of His interest for your life.  It’s just like when Peter said to Jesus, “Far be it from you, Lord! This shall never happen to you.”(Matthew 16:22)  Peter was incapable of understanding the full picture that God could so clearly see.

The point is, is that it has never been about the fight between good and evil.  It is not about Jesus wanting us to follow a set list of prescribed rules or laws to be good or righteous.  It’s about believing and following Jesus’ ways that we get to see God’s heart and reasons for what He does.  If we love what we see, our hearts change, thus our faith grows.

Nowadays, it is hard for us to simply follow Jesus blindly.  You can have a million thoughts that cut us off from following Him in our daily lives.  You might think such thoughts as, “I don’t want to be the cause of troubles.  I’m being foolish.  It won’t do anything.”  To believe and adapt to Jesus’ ways in our lives requires a trusting community to keep us accountable.  We are the trusting community.  When we come together as a community of believers we display God’s heart to the world by practicing Jesus’ love, thus making it possible for others to do the same.

It is not that there are many evils in this world.  No; in fact, it is the thought that it is impossible to have what is good.  No one is good except God alone. (Mark 10:18).  Being good is not doing the right thing, but knowing His heart and loving it.


Stories of OLIA

God, Preschool and I

God, Preschool and I

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Do you feel His heart?

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When the healing starts

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By Helen Lee “I am amazed how strong you are.  You keep yourself composed, and always look fantastic.  I also love the shade of your lips.” When we first met Nosethu, she had been gang-raped by 7 boys who are now still awaiting sentencing.  She […]

Vuk’ukhanye Ministry 2

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“What Have You Done So Far?”

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By Jung Lee It was a gloomy Heritage Day afternoon when I was confronted by two young men.  They both have been attending Vukukhanye in Zola South for the past two months.  A multitude of people on the street adorned traditional suits and proudly painted […]