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Do Good Always
Sunday, April 19th, 2015
Do not repay evil for evil or abuse for abuse; but, on the contrary, repay with a blessing. It is for this that you were called — that you might inherit a blessing.
- 1 Peter 3:9 (NRSV)
My sister Portia and her four children were ordered out of the house by her husband. He had decided to end their 20-year marriage. Our parents took her in, but soon we saw her slip into depression. A neighbor advised us to take her to a counselor where Portia learned the importance of forgiveness. Then one day we noticed a great change; Portia was smiling.
Portia found a job and moved out of our parents’ house. For the next 10 years she raised her children alone. The Lord guided her and the children. Later each one attended university.
Then one day Portia called to tell me that her ex-husband had died. Our family accompanied her to the funeral. A few months later she received word that her ex-husband’s wife was dead. The couple left behind four children who were still at primary and secondary levels. No one from the husband’s family was willing to take the children, but Portia offered to do it. Her four working children helped her take care of these orphans.
God worked miraculously. All eight children are now working, some overseas. Each one calls her “mother.” Portia is a role model to me and to our community; she never repaid evil for evil. She is a testimony of what real love means.
Violet Mutasa (Mashonaland East, Zimbabwe)
Thought for the Day
Thought for the Day: Even if the future appears bleak to us, God has another outlook.
O God, when we face rejection may your Holy Spirit help us understand that forgiveness heals us. Amen.
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