Monday 30 April 2012

God's grace

As part of my teaching course I was required to go on a visit to a Sikh Gurdwara in Southgate, London as when you teach R.E you have to teach about different religions which may include a visit to a religious place of worship. Before the visit I was a little unsettled because of what spirits may try to attach themselves to me in the Gurdwara but then I remembered the bible verse 'You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.' 1 John 4:4

I would be going into this Sikh Gurdwara as a light for Jesus. 

What struck me as I sat there on the floor with a pink scarf covering my head and no shoes listening to the Sikh tour guides was how beautiful the decoration of this place of worship was but it felt pointless because it wasn't for glorifying the one true God, the God who humbled himself to come down to earth to sacrifice Himself for our sins in order to bring us back to relationship with Him and claim back our authority He had given us in the beginning that we disgustingly handed over to the enemy. They spoke about how love was in all that they do but it felt empty. 

I respected that they said that they are very much for equality and do not judge others. They said any member of any religion may come to their Gurdwara to worship their different gods. Also, that they were very hospitable. These characteristics should be of the church too as a result of living out God's will of love which I think sometimes people don't always see the first point about equality when they think of the church. Very sad!

In his book, John Ortberg describes that there are many religions that share the same principles of serving and helping but what makes Christianity stand out is God's grace. 


  1. God is love, and it is great that you are able to show love to people who do not love Him. His protection is with us as we witness to all. As Christians we often get a bad rap for being judgmental. I am trying to hate the sin yet love the sinner. Thanks for sharing!

  2. It is good to know the enemy and how he works, so by studying these different religions you are learning his different tactics and will know how better to pray, witness and teach.


  3. Like you, I have visited places of worship belonging to different faiths, both when I was a student and on several occasions during my teaching career (including the mosque on Leabridge Road). I have seen some beautiful buildings, met some lovely people and eaten some extremely tasty food, but nothing compares to the grace of God :)

  4. You are right, there are many gods that people wordhip, but there is only one true God . Sad to say, many are blinded by the enemy and are lost. I am so glad that i found the way, the truth and the life:) by the way, Thanks for dropping by and leaving nice comment in my blog. Bless you sister in Christ.

  5. Thank you for the reminder this morning, Greater is HE who is within me than he that is in this world.....Happy Wednesday