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Let’s Try Loving One Another

John 16:33

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.

I wish I had words or a solution for the hatred in the world. I wish there was a person or political party who had the answers or a solution. I wish our country could come together and dismiss the hatred – the racism – the evil – in our country and world today. But I can’t and no one else can – I fear.

Should we have stricter gun laws? Maybe so – but evil people will find a way to perform their evil. Should we make it harder for unstable people to get weapons – absolutely – but who gets to determine who is unstable or mentally ill? Some are very easy to tell – some are well hidden. Should we outlaw assault weapons outside of the military and law enforcement? Maybe that would help – but where would such a law start and end? There are no easy answers and as a former youth pastor friend of mine said – People are more the problem than any gun!

I believe the answer is found in telling more people about Jesus – and letting others see Jesus in us. I believe – if we were more excited and convinced of our faith – we would impact more people for Jesus.

I’m not suggesting that simply telling folks about Jesus would solve our issue with hatred and evil. Jesus said – John 15:18 – If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. Yet – in today’s passage – Jesus also said – John 16:33 – I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.

Evil will run rampant in our world – and more it seems as the world runs away from God. Evil will run rampant in our world – until Christ returns for His church – His bride. We can only hope to make an impact on those we can impact around us – drawing our children – our friends – and others – to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. The early Christians believed this and faced a very corrupt and evil government and people in the Roman world. They strived to live out their faith – even when it meant being put to death for that faith by evil people.

I hurt inside for those most recently in El Paso – Texas and Dayton – Ohio. I hurt because of the senseless destruction of innocent persons by sick and evil people. I hurt when I remember 911. I cry inside when I think of the school children and teachers killed by evil persons. I come unhinged when I think about people gathering for a Bible study in their church and being killed by an evil person who actually sat through the study with them.

When will the evil end? Ultimately – only when Christ returns. Although Jesus has eternally overcome evil on the Cross of Calvary – Satan and his demons still run the earth until Christ returns to put them in the fiery pit – hell – for eternity. So – what can we do. We can love one another. Skin color – nationality – ethnicity – economic condition – political party – liberal or conservative – should not matter. We are called to love one another. Even loving the sinner and not the sin. We are not to condemn – we are not to judge – we are to love one another. Maybe – just maybe – if we loved more – we could reach some with evil intent or hatred in their hearts and turn them to Jesus and save our world from their destructive behavior.

Just a thought. Feel free to agree or disagree. I’ve had people jump on my thoughts before. I’m just about ready to give up on social media for anything more than a tool to reach the lost. I’m finished with arguing on social media. It just instills more hatred – even among those who are supposed to be loving and tolerant. Let’s try loving one another! Nothing else seems to be working!

Jesus says He has overcome the world in today’s passage. He did it with love – not with an army or some other earthly power. Jesus wins in the end – but – He can win here and now if we turn our hearts to Him. Let’s try loving one another! Who is with me?

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

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