Have any of you watched the movie “Joshua“? I did with some ladies yesterday. I have watched it several times and there are so many things that I get out of it always. One, that scene where Maggie throws down that glass vase and it shatters signifying how she feels since her husband was killed. Isn’t that how many of us feel? Life isn’t easy for any of us and any one of us has things that cause us to feel shattered and broken.
But later, when Father Pat hands her the beautiful figurine made by Joshua, those glass shards made into something beautiful and whole, not one piece missing, it gets me.
But what really struck me yesterday, was the message at the end when he is at the Vatican. First, he heals Father Terdone (??) by making him understand that he just can’t love. But the message that he tells the Pope was the most powerful. “Tell them that I love them. They need to know that I love them”. It was worded differently, as I am trying to recall what he said, but basically, that was the message.
Then I read Philippians 2 this morning:
2 Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any [a]affection and compassion, 2 make my joy complete [b]by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. 3 Do nothing [c]from [d]selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; 4 do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Philippians 2:1-4 NASB Courtesy of Biblegateway.com
I am still pondering that whole gossip thing I posted the other day. When I read this, I realized that here is where we need to be. In unity. I don’t care what denomination, you are. I don’t care if you don’t go to church.
I care that you believe in God. I care that you are hurt and need healing. (Even though compassion is definitely NOT my gift! hehehe…) I need to regard others as more important than myself. Its what I am called to do.
Christ did. He didn’t care that they weren’t in church. I have heard the woman at the well story twice this week and both times it was pointed out what Jesus did NOT say. “Your a sinner! Your living with a man who is not your husband.”
Recall, he dined with tax collectors and sinners.
My purpose. In Philippians 2 it says I need to be united in Spirit, “intent on one purpose”. Love.