Character, Honor and Love

Genesis 23: 1-6

When Sarah was 127 years old, she died at Kiriath-arba (now called Hebron) in the land of Canaan. There Abraham mourned and wept for her. Then leaving her body, he said to the Hittite elders, “Here I am, a stranger and a foreigner among you. Please sell me a piece of land so I can give my wife a proper burial.” The Hittites replied to Abraham, “Listen, my lord, you are an honored prince among us. Choose the finest of our tombs and bury her there. No one here will refuse to help you in this way.

When I read this passage, I can feel the love others have for Abraham, a foreigner among the people. What an aspiration – to show the loving-kindness of God, the very character of God to strangers in such a way that they honor and revere you. Abraham shows so much character, honor, love, dignity. That is most noble of all legacies to leave. It makes my heart overflow knowing one day I will get to meet this prince among foreigners – the one with God’s favor – the one from whom all people come from – as his descendants are as numerous as the stars.

Genesis 23: 12-14

O Lord, God of my master, Abraham,” he prayed, “Please give me success today, and show unfailing love to my master, Abraham. See, I am standing here beside this spring, and the young women of the town are coming out to draw water. This is my request. I will ask one of them, ‘Please give me a drink from your jug.’ If she says, ‘Yes, I have a drink, and I will water your camels, too!’ – let her be the one you have selected as Isaac’s wife. This is how I will know that you have shown unfailing love to my master.”

Even Abraham’s servant loved and cherished him – so much so that it was of great weight on his heart to successfully carry out Abraham’s wish for him to find the right wife for Abraham’s son, Isaac. Be still my heart! I hope I can live my life with a shred of this man’s character and honor. That would be my hope for a legacy – to leave a mark like that on peoples’ hearts – to show them their love and worth through the heart and eyes of our beautiful Lord and Savior – our Sweet Jesus!!