Written by Angelique Geeringh
In his book, 'The Four Loves', C.S. Lewis used 'agape' to describe what he believed was the 'highest level of love known to humanity – a selfless love, a love that was passionately committed to the well-being of the other'.
Recently, we had the privilege of enjoying a stunning performance by a choir and an acapella boys group from one of the all boy schools here in Pretoria. Both the choir and the acapella group were a striking depiction of the variety of races and cultures that form part of South Africa. Songs were sung in English as well as a few of the other African languages that make up our beautiful country.
Regardless of whichever language they were singing, these young men sang with passion and enthusiasm and it was such a picture of hope for what South Africa as a nation is capable of doing when we stand together. This brings to mind the scripture found in Revelation 7:9-10 (NIV).
'After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice: “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.”'
As we journey through this life together, may our heartfelt prayer be to look at the people around us with love and compassion and see each and every person, not merely as someone to be judged as 'different' based on their colour, language, or culture, but as a unique and perfectly created person who has been created in the image of our God and Father. May we strive to walk alongside our brothers and sisters and learn to sing in perfect harmony together in the agape love language of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
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