Orphan or Son? Part 3

Greetings in the name of our dear lord Jesus Christ. I hope you had a wonderful week of peace, love and joy of our savior lord Jesus Christ. We continue this week with the next 5 symptoms of orphan heart or heart of son ship.
Peer relationships
An orphaned heart person will compare, compete, rival, feel jealousy of his peers especially when they are doing better than him. A good example to this is rivalry, jealousness and competition between Cain and Abel (see Genesis 4:8- ) in fact an orphan hearted person will always be happy when his brothers/sisters/peers are not successful than him. However on the other side someone with a son ship heart will in most cases be happy for his peers’ success in life. A son rejoices in others’ success and values love and unity for others even when he is failing himself. 1 Thessalonians 5:15 requires us to rejoice always.
Handling others faults
An orphan hearted person makes himself look good at the expense of others. Unlike God’s command to us to carry each others burden, an orphan does not have any option but to blame others for his faults. He doesn’t have an option to carry each others’ burden as the scripture requires us to do (see Galatians 6:2). He exposes others to look bad as he is seen well. Whereas a son has a spirit of love that he can cover up others even when they are bad or good. Such a person restores love a midst faulty situation whether they are bad or good. He is not selfish in whatever he does.
View of authority.
An orphan hearted person has no sense of submission to authority. He or she feels destructed, inconvenienced and painfully to follow authority. They want to do whatever they want without giving accountability or being questioned by the authority. Whereas a son will pay respect to those in authority. He sees them as God’s chosen servants who are directly appointed by God to affect and minister to his people. (See Romans 13:1-7)
View of admonition
An orphaned heart person finds it hard to receive discipline from others and always find ways of defending himself even when forgiveness and help is readily available. In case of rebuke, his feelings are hurt and he would find reasons not to receive discipline. Whereas a son will see such as a blessing and would positively receive discipline for his own good to put sin to death. Such a person won’t feel hurt when his weaknesses are exposed but instead welcomes advice. (John 10:25. “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me”)
Expression of love
An Orphan will not easily receive love and incase one tries to extend an act of love, he or she will be resistant because of insecurity he finds around himself. In such a way, and he too cannot express such love to others because he doesn’t have it. (“You cannot give what you don’t have”) on the other hand, a son is open, patient, and affectionate as he lays his life and agendas down in order to meet the needs of others. This is shown through expression of love to others and openly receiving the same from others. (Refer to 1 john 3:18)

By Dennis Mukwatanise

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