April 19, 2020 by Kgalalelo
Lately, I have been bothered by the level of negativity that is out there or that is in all of us. There is some degree of criticism that we emit and voice out loud whenever we are in conversations with friends, brethren, colleagues and family members.
When something challenges my spirit, I know that there’s something to it and I need to begin by reflecting within myself whether am I also contributing to the status quo and often enough, every one of us is guilty.
I listen to the amount of slander at workplaces, from management to the lower hierarchies and wonder if we really and truly love each other. I think that there is a huge gap in terms of love because love is pure.
We all have love in our hearts. Love is the essence of who we are because God is love and if we are in God, it means we are love ourselves. This love is shadowed by the cares of this world, the complaints, anxiety and panic that we feel and experience everyday. It seems, the only thing that makes us feel good about ourselves is to talk about others, what they are doing wrong and how right we are instead of them.
We are in truth, not keeping in our lanes but looking at how others are running their race. We are never satisfied with our lot but want what others are having. I was taught that whatever I complain about in others reflects my own deficiencies. It is not about them but about my own lack. I am looking in the mirror.
This is a day that I believe we need to ponder and truly search our hearts about the meaning of love and whether we are exuding the qualities reflected in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8:
Love is patient, love is kind.
It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It does not dishonour others,
it is not self-seeking,
it is not easily angered,
it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects,
Love never fails.
But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away”.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
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Kgalalelo Saane Mphephuka
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