I hear the pot stirrer stirring. Their big wooden paddles filled with racism and hatred swirling around the American people. And I see the destitution on both sides of the equation. One side is desperate to stop the violence and the other side is frustrated to the point of violence.
This situation in America breaks my heart! What are we leaving for our children and our grandchildren? Will there be a future for America?
I pray so.
Now, I am not a formally educated person in theology, I only read my bible and join in bible studies. But every morning I feel like I am in the garden with my Lord, when I go into my prayer closet. Walking, talking, listening, and sometimes even crying. He is with me through it all.
This morning it was a heavy-hearted walk and talk.
How could we, His children, hate each other so much?
And, what can we do about all of this hatred? How do we move forward when time after time, we hurt, maim, or even kill one another?
The only answer I can see is LOVE.
But I think that we all need a refresher course on how to love, why we love, and how to forgive and move forward during difficult times. No, you don’t have to go to college or take an online course either. Just open your bible and start reading the book of John! Jesus is, was, and always will be our only example of true love.
His greatest commandment to us is found in John 13.
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
Jesus does not say love for one another if you are only white, black, Asian, Jew, Christian, or Muslim. He says love one another as He loves us! And Jesus loves us no matter our sins, skin color, dishonorable ways, or even if we don’t believe in Him. The whole world can turn against us and Jesus never will leave our side.
And then have you ever said or felt like, “Now how many times do I have to forgive so and so?”
Well, Peter, a disciple of Jesus felt the same way.
Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?”
“I tell you not seven times, but seventy-seven times.”
Wow, that is alot of forgiveness! And we are called to do the same when forgiving others.
So, I believe the only answer is Love and Forgiveness!
God Bless You!
God Bless America!