My husband and I recently had the pleasure of visiting a place we’ve always wanted to see…Hawaii. I was struck again at the wonder of God’s creation. The scenery is enthralling – something new around each corner.
But what had the most impact was visiting Pearl Harbor. I’m sure I’m not alone in the sobering impact it had on me. It’s man’s depravity to man and lust for power at its fullest.
Yet, it appears we don’t seem to learn from history. Just look at the wars we’ve experienced since (and before) WWll. And the hatred in our world today appears to be at an all time high. Why? Why are we against others who are different than us?
John 15:17 says: “This is my command: Love each other” (NIV). What is love exactly? I Corinthians 13:4-8a describes the attributes of love:
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it it not easily angered, it keeps no records of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” (NIV)
Can we love as Christ loved us? Is it possible to put aside our differences and love, truly? I would say, YES. It is. But it’s a decision. A conscious choice to love instead of being angry, love in spite of having a difference of opinion.
Let us not repeat that horrible day of death and destruction.
Let God love through you. If you love just one person it can start a ripple effect that can change the world.
In His Rest,
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