Are you guilty of saying this four-letter word? We have all said it. The next question is have you acted it out? I will admit that I have, but thankfully over the years, as I’ve grown in Christ, He has begun a work in me that allows me to walk in love, His love. I don’t succeed all the time; however, He is constantly and meticulously working on me just as an artist works on his masterpiece. So, what is this four-letter word? It is HATE.
Considering the upcoming events this weekend in Murfreesboro, this four-letter word has been heavy on my heart. On Saturday, hate is going to try and take over our town. I am praying along with countless others that in hate’s place another four-letter word prevails…LOVE! Not just any love but the love of Christ. No one life matters more than another. No skin color is more important than another. Jesus died on the cross to pay the wages of sin and death for every life, every nationality, and every skin color. He rose again on the third day because He conquered death and hell for each one of us, no matter where we come from and no matter what we look like.
At our church this past Sunday, our Pastor spoke on relationships. He discussed the world’s view compared to God’s view. One of the things he said and had us repeat after each reference of God’s commitment to us was, “HE did, so I can!” I want to remind myself and everyone else of this fact. The following are just a few of His wonderful attributes that come to mind:
He loves everyone, so I can love everyone.
He forgives, so I can forgive others and myself.
He is merciful, so I can show mercy to others.
He is full of grace, so I can give grace to others.
He is full of compassion, so I can be compassionate to others.
He is generous, so I can be generous.
He is good, so I can show goodness to others.
He is just, so I can be fair and just to others.
He is wise, so I can draw from His wisdom.
He is strong, so I can find strength through Him.
The list could go on and on, but I think you get the picture. Since we are each created in His image, then each one of us is capable of being like Him if we allow Him to work through us. My prayer is to be the light that cast out darkness, destroys hate, and instead brings glory to God. I hope you will make this your prayer as well. Much love!