Tuesday’s Torch 590
June 2, 2020
This weeks devotional has been weighing on my mind. There is so much going on in this country right now. Plenty of pain, sadness and anger has boiled over. Tragedy has led to even more tragedy. Anger has led to more anger and sadness has led to more sadness.
I have seen accusations and arguments. I have watched as rationalizations and justifications have been given for absolutely horrific behavior. I’d like to state that terrible things happen, and our reactions to them are important. In these crazy times I’ve seen quotes and memes, I’ve heard opinions given as fact, logic-based arguments from all sorts of different viewpoints and talking heads trying to tell everyone what they should think.
But what isn’t being turned to? The word of God. I’ve seen so many posts about what is happening and so many attempts by people to be on the right side of the issue. So many attempts by people to explain their viewpoint. But it’s all people trying to make sense of things. So what does God have to say? Let’s read the following verses. Matthew 5:43-46:
“Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.
But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?”
Everyone is so separated. People are falling in line trying to look out for their own. People base so many of their thoughts and ideas on how much alike or different the people involved are to themselves. But brothers and sisters we are all in this together and these verses right here don’t allow for the gray area so many people are living in. Love everyone. If we are only concerned with being good to those who are good to us, and loving those who love us, we are all failing miserably.
We can’t control how people treat us. We can’t control how people treat others. But we can stand up for truth and we can control how we respond to how people treat us and others. None of us have been given an exception from God or the Savior to “love one another unless they do this or that.”
There is no exception that makes hatred acceptable. There is no exception that cancels out that we are to love even our enemies and those we perceive to be our enemies. It doesn’t matter what race, ethnicity, gender, religion or political party someone belongs to.
It’s so simple. Love one another. Do the right thing. Don’t justify any hatred in your hearts. You can’t force anyone else to do this. But you can make sure to strive to love like the Savior loves. He truly died for all of our sins and trespasses. Doesn’t matter what color you are. Doesn’t matter what your career or profession is. He lived and died for you and everyone else. Remember this as you try to figure out what you should do, say or post on Facebook. Remember what the son of God himself advocated for when he said to love not only your neighbors and loved ones, but your enemies as well.
There’s too much hate in this country and in this world. Let us do our part in fixing this by choosing to love. By choosing to calm our angers. I have found myself so close to typing up responses to all the things I’ve seen online that I disagree with. By resisting that urge I have probably saved myself from losing friends. Ultimately we have to control ourselves and as individuals who pride ourselves on being Christians and following the Savior, we need to hold ourselves to a higher standard.
This is our challenge during these troubling times. Be good. Do what is right. And for crying out loud let us love one another. May God bless each of you, In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
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