I (Doug) have been troubled by the news. I try to avoid it whenever possible, but sometimes I just want to see what is going on in the world. I do my best to watch/listen/read both sides… CNN and FOX. Just the fact that there are two sides is troubling. When did news become tainted by politics? The hate that spews from both sides is counter to how we are told to live in the Bible. Does anyone read the Bible anymore? Do people believe what God inspired and try to adjust their life accordingly anymore?
Below are a few life lessons I have recently read about. I encourage you to take time, click the Bible link (or open your own Bible), and read the passage. Maybe even make it a 5-day devotional.
We are not supposed to be prejudiced or hypocritical. Galatians 2:11-14
We have all been outsiders. We should not treat others as ‘them’ and ourselves as ‘us’. We are to be united together. Ephesians 2:11-16
We need to seek forgiveness and forgive others. We are to be gentle and not hold grudges. We are to make peace and be selfless in love for one another. Colossians 3:1-17
We are supposed to be humble (not weak), swallow our pride, admit our wrongs, and love our enemies. Romans 12:3, 9-21
We are to accept people for who they are and give them a chance to experience a fresh start in life. John 4:1-30
All cultures have people who teach their own to not trust other cultures. It has been passed down throughout the ages. But being a Christian, we must show the love of Christ. We don’t demand to change ‘them’ to be like ‘us’. We pray that our salt flavors, our light shines, and our love leads. Let Jesus do the rest.
Below are two more passages I read this morning where God speaks of hope in chaotic times:
Habakkuk 3:2 (NLT)
I have heard all about you, Lord. I am filled with awe by your amazing works. In this time of our deep need, help us again as you did in years gone by. And in your anger, remember your mercy.
Habakkuk 3:17-19 (NLT)
Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vines; even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren; even though the flocks die in the fields, and the cattle barns are empty, 18 yet I will rejoice in the Lord! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation! 19 The Sovereign Lord is my strength! He makes me as surefooted as a deer, able to tread upon the heights.
Please pray for the Native American youth, for us, and that God will continue to grow His ministry here in the Southwest.
Doug & Becky