With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so. ~James 3:9-10
This has been a hard week for so many people. Instinctively we shy back on one hand, and on the other people are striking out. I understand that we all feel for those affected by the Boston bombings and those affected by the West, Texas explosions. Emotions ranging from compassion and sympathy, to confusion and anger, all these things are stirred up by the news we hear.
Don't get me wrong I understand that wide range of feelings. What I don't understand is the hatred that I am hearing and seeing plastered all over the internet. I mean in a sense I do, because I hate that it happened and I hate that lives were lost. That makes sense to me. What I don't get is the hatred for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
More than the fact that there is this hatred spewing like poison across the internet, is the fact that a good portion of it is coming from people who profess to following Jesus. My friends, Jesus walked in love toward everyone, in spite of their sins. The bible is clear that a sin is a sin, whether it be in the form of killing others, or merely speaking with hatred. In Gods eyes one is the very same as the other.
"You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, 'You shall not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.' 22 But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment. ~Matthew 5:21-22a
If that doesn't place it in perspective think about how you may be speaking hatred today, and tomorrow your hands that type and the poison coming from your lips, tomorrow will be lifted and praising God. This should not be!!! Let's act like the children of God, made righteous through the blood of Christ.
It is our duty as Christians, and Children of God to pray for our enemies. Our first response to tragedy should always be prayer. Not simply prayer for the victims, but prayer for those who inflict the tragedies. It says in Matthew 5:43-45 43 "You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.
You see even now if Dzhokhar would seek Jesus for forgiveness, He would be forgiven. Jesus can forgive anything. If Jesus can forgive, then shouldn't we model this as well.
You see it is easy to hate, and harder to forgive, but when we give ground to hatred and bitterness we allow Satan to gain ground. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
Did you stop to consider the sin Dzhokhar committed was because He was overtaken by Satan's deceptions and that he was only a small part in Satans attempts to make the world suffer. Satan would love nothing more than for Christians to fall away because of this. It would make Satan so happy to see Gods children fall.
Will you fight, or are you going to give Satan satisfaction? Share how you feel about the things you are seeing on social media right now. Are you pleased, or disgusted?
Hi, my name is Deanna. I am just learning to embrace my passion for words, and owning that I am indeed a writer. I want to encourage others, that life is a gift, and you can find peace, no matter what your circumstances.