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Loving Stigma

“Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.” 1 John 4:8 ESV

Living with stigma is not an easy thing. Many people around the world face stigma and discrimination on a daily basis but for none is it so palpable as for those living with HIV/AIDS. The general belief is that people with HIV are promiscuous and that when you have the virus your death certificate is signed and sealed. As a result HIV-positive individuals enter a deep depression. Some even begin to live up to the stereotype of being promiscuous because of rejection by family, friends, co-workers and even health care providers and health care workers–the very ones who are supposed to help and support them.

There was a time in Earth’s history when it wasn’t popular to be a Christian either. In fact, it was never popular and will never be popular to be a true Christian. There was a time when our predecessors were thrown to the lions, beaten to death, burned at the stake–tortured death just because they worship Jesus Christ the Son of the Living God. We were sold by our families, rejected, spat upon, for our “status”: Christ-positive.

Let us, therefore, embrace the stigmatised and love the HIV-positive people as Christ loves them, the prostitutes, the tax collectors, the drunkards, the homeless, the lepers, the criminals, and many others who are the outcasts of society. For “God is love” (1 John 4:8, ESV).

Almighty Father in Heaven, You are so mighty that even a whisper from You can move mountains. I pray that You will move the mountains in our hearts that we may love with Your love. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Please note: Sexual intercourse is not the only way in which the virus is transmitted. The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) can be transmitted via blood transfusions, hypodermic needles penetrating the skin, during birth and via breastfeeding. Anti-retrovirals (ARVs) enable HIV-positive people to live long fulfilling lives.


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Organelles: Intracellular compartments

“for in him we live, and move, and have our being” Acts 17:28 KJV

Intracellular organelles.

Organisation of a cell.

Cells are magnificent creatures and entities. There are organisms that are composed of only one cell such amoebas and bacteria, simple organisms composed of more than one cell (multicellular) such as the hydra, and complex multicellular organisms such as humans, plants, and animals. Just as our bodies are made up of different organs each performing their own function so cells are composed of different organelles. These organelles keep the cell alive. Some organelles store nutrients (vacuoles) while others produce energy (mitochondria) while yet others, such as peroxisomes, contain dangerous chemicals that would destroy the cell if these chemicals were left to roam around freely in the cell’s main compartment.

Compartmentalisation is part of who we are. Our bodies, brains, cells, and proteins are all compartmentalised. So, its natural that we would want to compartmentalise our lives and time as well. Some of us compartmentalise our personalities too, acting differently in the company of different people. We even constrain our spiritual lives, our relationship with God, to Saturdays or Sundays and to the prayers we say before our meal or get into bed at night.

But, God would not have it that way. Although cells are organised into different organelles, small fat particles line and define these organelles. So, God would have our faith, our relationship with Him, permeate and define the way we live our lives and interact with each other. Because ultimately we are cells in His body, the Church. He’s character is to be our DNA and His love the proteins that mediate the internal cellular processes as our faith and beliefs lend structure to our being. Won’t you allow God to compartmentalise your life instead of doing yourself allowing Him to mould your faith the way He moulds the cells that constitute our bodies? Won’t you let your faith pervade every area of your life?

Loving Father in Heaven, may Your life become mine. As You are present everywhere in this universe You created so I pray that You will be present everywhere in my life. In Jesus’ name, amen.


Riding the Morning Winds

“Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.” Psalm 139:7-10 KJV

Psalm 139 is one of the most beautiful psalms in the Bible and is filled Continue reading