Week beginning: 1st March, 2015
By | Esther Harrison
"But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us."Romans 5:8 (NKJV)
Recently I have been dealing with an appeal made by a woman to the Crown Court against convictions of harassment in respect of her neighbours and community volunteers. She has a string of convictions already for violence and anti-social behaviour. She makes peoples' lives very difficult. She has sacked various legal representatives. The Court is having to add extra time to deal with her cases.
We all have clients like this - perhaps more frequently if we have a criminal or family based practice. We groan when the case comes up again. We moan to our colleagues. We resent the trouble that invariably attends such matters.
Yet it was only very recently that I thought about the woman herself. Her neighbours hate her; the council are seeking to evict her; she has no family. The loneliness, fear and frustration of such a life. A life without Christ. It may be her fault that some of these circumstances have arisen and it's right that she is held accountable. But I should be praying for her at the very least.
I too am a rebel. I've broken God's law. I've rejected his help and mercy many times. Yet He loved me enough to pay the price for my sin on the cross, so that I could be forgiven. He even gave me the gift of faith to trust in Christ.
Don't follow my example. Remember the human being behind the case name and the soul in great need that it represents.
1. Pray for your clients and all those you know you are coming into contact with this week. Pray that they may come to know Christ as Lord and saviour.
2. Pray for those who were at the Student and Young lawyer weekend away – that they will continue to be strengthened in their faith in Christ and walk with him.