Seeing others through God's Lens

July 13, 2016

 

 

 

 

          A view of the Sea of Gailee                                                 photo by Sharon Moye

 

 

After this horrific week of so much violence, it reminded me again of how truly broken our world is.  I have read and heard other’s heart felt words regarding racism and the violence that occurred this past week.  We grieve with the families that have lost their loved ones.  I can’t imagine how hard it would be to lose my husband or child violently like those lost past week.

 

 

God created the world perfectly in the beginning; Adam and Eve caring for the garden and animals.  However, it did not take them too long before they wanted what they were told they could not have, the fruit of the tree of Knowledge.

 

Once they ate of that fruit, sin enter the world.  From that time on, sin and evil have been in the broken, fallen world.  But as Christians, we have the hope of Jesus who died for our sin and will return and restore this broken world into a new earth full of love and peace.

 

In the meantime, we see so much violence, hate, racism and deception.  It makes me so sad to witness so much violence, hurt and tragedy all over the world.  But, God didn’t leave us without hope.

 

“Peace I leave you; my peace I give to you.  I do not give to you as the world gives.  Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27

 

 

We need to take that peace that God alone gives and give love away to others.  Apostle Paul states, “Love never stops being patient, never stops believing, never stops hoping, never gives up.” I Corinthians 13:7

 

 

There are real hurts from deep racism in our country due to unjust slavery and unforgiveness.

God desires us to be free in Jesus and to love other with the type of love that is sacrificial.  Jesus paid the ultimate sacrifice to give us freedom from sins.  He completely forgives us when we have a truly repentant heart.  He totally forgives us; once and for all he died for our sins.  We need to have a sacrificial love which includes forgiveness.  As believers, we need to be the bridge of love and forgiveness for our own racism as well as our ancestors.

 

 

 

 

              Watersound Bridge                                                                      photo by Sharon Moye

 

 

 

Lets not lose heart and believe the lie that Satan would have for us.  Satan would love for us to stay neutral, not get involved and say it is not our problem.  Deep seated anger that results in mistreatment and violence to others only continues the cycle of hate and bitterness.

 

 

 

We will never solve the problem of sin, but we can love our neighbor and empathize with their pain.  It begins by investing in one person that comes from a different race and background.  By our actions, not just words, will others begin to see that not everyone is a racist and doesn’t care!  It is time to check our hearts, repent of racism, listen and apologize for the past abuse of slavery and unjust treatment. 

 

 

 

 Mark and Alison Rutland (Left) Mike and Me (Center) Robin and Scott Turner(right)

 

 

 

 

 

“You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

Deut. 6:5 Mark 12:31

 

 

 

Remember, you can make a difference, one person at a time!  We are called to the following scripture.. It is up to God to change hearts.. regarding how we should live…responding to mistreatment and the evil that is happening in our world today…

 

 

“And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach,  patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will.”  2 Tim. 2:24-26

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