Have mercy for others

It is good to have mercy for others. True Christians should be should be merciful to others who have offended them either truly or falsely. For the Bible says happy are those who are merciful to others, God will be merciful to them! Matthew 5:7.

The Bible also teaches us to love our enemies and pray for them. Matthew 5: 44-45 says love your enemies and pray for those who prosecute you so that you may become children of God your father in heaven.

The release of Radio Miraya’s journalist George Livio Bahara who has been in detention since 22nd August, 2014 should be a sign of forgiveness and mercy for all the allegations labeled against him and those who are still languishing in prisons and detention centres in the country. For whatever reasons he had been held for all these years, let us consider it a gone case. The Bari elders say whatever he had done prior to his arrest and consequent detention will be excavated by rats one day. As for now, we should put everything aside and hope for his quick recovery from the trauma of jail.

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), Amnesty International, Association of Media Development in South Sudan (AMDISS), the Union of Journalists of South Sudan (UJOSS) and other human rights groups have been appealing for his immediate release. However, their appeal and pressure took longer than expected. But there is time for everything anyway. There is a saying that however dark the night may be, the day will always come. He faced dark moments in his life. He was hopeless. He never thought of seeing the light of the day again. But through prayers and by the will of God, he is out. For the Bible tells that there is time for everything, Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8. Verse 4 says God sets the time for sorrow and time for joy. The time for mourning and time for making love, time for kissing and time for not kissing. When he was arrested and consequently detained, there was no hope. But time for hope has come. It is now time for joy for the family, Radio Miraya, the whole media fraternity, civil society and all the human rights organizations.

His father, Mr. Livio Bahara was jubilant on VOA South Sudan in focus programme. According to Mr. Habara, the mother of George was very happy to learn of George’s release on Thursday last week.

Human beings are bound to make mistakes either intentionally or forced or unknowingly. Forced because one may be directed to enforce an order as directed by one’s superior. If one fails to execute the order, one would be considered indiscipline. Everyone who avoids directives or orders is regarded indiscipline in their place of work. This is especially if one needs to be promoted rapidly without hiccups.

Unknowingly because, sometimes one realizes a mistake after it has been committed. This is unfortunate. But it can be repaired by sincerely confessing to God – our creator so that we may be forgotten.

Whoever is still alive is because of God’s grace for everyone. Christians should keep praying all the time for God’s mercy and forgiveness. True Christians should learn to be merciful to others if they want to inherit the kingdom of God in heaven.

By Sworo Charles

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