Our world is so dark as evidenced by what happened last night and what’s happened over the last few days. People were killed by anger and division. This is not what God wants from us or for us, His creation. I know He is weeping this morning as I am weeping. He loves ALL of us no matter the color of our skin or anything else that makes us different from each other. He is the one who created us! How could He not love ALL of us! But, I think we humans, and even the church, His Bride have forgotten that with Sunday mornings still being the most segregated hour in America.
How can we change this? How can we make things different? The answer is both easy and difficult. We love. We love those who are the same AND those who are different from us. We love like our Lord and Savior has commanded us. We love, and we are not afraid.
I Corinthians 13:4-7 says, “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”
Then you have the most important part of this chapter, Verse 13, “And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
There are no categories to this love. No quantifiers that say we are to only love people who are like us. No, we are to love EVERYONE like Christ has loved us. This is said best in Matthew 22:37-39. “Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'”
I believe this sums it all up. So, today, I pray for God’s peace and comfort for all of us and especially for the family members of all who have died in the last few days. I also pray we are able to love in the midst of darkness.
God’s blessings on everyone today!