THURSDAY THOUGHT 7/14/16 — BE STRONG! BE LOVING!

July 14, 2016 on 11:11 am | By | In Being About God's Business | Comments Off on THURSDAY THOUGHT 7/14/16 — BE STRONG! BE LOVING!

I’m seeing something akin to mass hysteria sweeping the country of late. No, I am not above it.  I also struggle with concern (aka angst) over events in America and the world, from mass shootings to violent, angry protests to outpourings of a whole lot of hatred from different “sides.”  We live in uncertain, unsettling times.

 

This is nothing new, of course. The world has always been a place of war, famine, violence, hatred, bigotry … a very challenging place.  As followers of the One God, however, we have a few special gifts that can/should help us rise above the fray: faith, hope, and trust.  The Lord is where we should turn to get our strength and our guidance.

 

My point: Put our faith in God, not in flawed leaders, causes, or world movements. God is in charge, even though at times it may not seem to be the case.  So, what should we do?  That is between each individual and God.  All I know is that we should not be afraid.  Instead, be strong and trust.  Oh, and do pray.  It does make a difference, a big difference.  — jri

 

This is my command — be strong and courageous!

Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your

God is with you wherever you go.”

  • Joshua 1:9

 

 

I tend to be outspoken and not all that tolerant of views that I find hopelessly difficult to support. So, I apologize if (no, not if, but when) I have reacted with anger and sarcasm rather than with love and understanding.  You see, responding with patience and love – I suspect/know that that is the truly strong response.

 

Jesus, who when last I checked, is still the King, had a lot to say about love and tolerance. Here are just three points he made:  (1) “Love each other.  Just as I have loved you, you should love each other.  Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples” (John 13: 34-35).  (2) “The second [commandment] is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’  No other commandment is greater than these” (Mark 12: 31). (3)  “But I say, love your enemies!  Pray for those who persecute you!  In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5: 44-45).  I think that pretty well sums it up.  Love the Lord.  Love your neighbor and your enemy. And do not be afraid.  Amen.

 

 

John Ingrisano

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July 14, 2016

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