Monday, May 26, 2008

The Salt of The Earth

"Salt is good, but if it loses it's saltiness, how can you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with each other."
Mark 5:50

These were the words of Jesus Christ, the prince of peace. He also said, "You are the salt of the earth." There seems to be a close connection between having peace and being salt.

Jesus paved the way for us to be reconciled with God, by helping us to remove the sin that separates us from the Holy God. When we repent for our sins and decide to live for Christ, we become born again. This act brings peace with God and peace within us. We begin to grow like Jesus. Then we are expected to be salt in society and be a positive influence.

Salt prevents decay, preserves, gives flavour and promotes life and growth. In order to be a good positive influence around us, peace with others is essential.

I like to quote what St. Paul wrote in Romans 12:16 to 18: "Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. Do not repay evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of every body. If possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with every one."

I see that it is pride that prevents us to ask for forgiveness and to forgive? Having humility helps us to be at peace with everyone. We cannot be salt in our society, which the Lord expects from us, unless we desire to please God and not our 'Self.'

I realized that I have to work much in this area. I am sure that many others too need to change. I asked the Lord for strength and grace for all of us.

If each one of us take this to heart and act on it, this world will a better place to live and God's name will be glorified.

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