My heart breaks for this broken world we live in.
On Thursday July 7, 2016, 5 police officers were killed in Dallas, Texas. As a reaction to two shootings that previously took place earlier in the week, now five more lives were taken from this earth and from their families.
It’s almost nearly impossible to log into Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram without seeing somebody’s opinion about recent events. You see hate towards one another and desperate cries for help. You see a new headline every morning about either a shooting in your neighborhood or a bombing half way around the world.
Hate is so real and so prevalent in our world today. People have hard hearts towards one another and therefore results in a lack of compassion.
We see people that are overcome by evil because of somebody’s skin color, religion or sexuality. These issues are all very real and touch every person in someway. But no matter the issue, we have hope. Hope for restoration, redemption, grace, forgiveness, love and peace no matter the accusations against us.
I grieve with my city, nation and the families of those who were effected by all of the recent events all around the world.
“9 Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. 10 Love one another with brotherly affection. 12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. 14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. 17 Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” 20 To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Romans 12
In these desperate times, I realized how desperately we all need a Savior. Christ came for each and every person and to have a personal relationship with them. He came to restore the broken, to give hope to the hopeless, and to forgive the sins that are far to great in our own eyes. He came and set the example of how to treat one another. He is the Prince of Peace.
As the news stories continue to come flooding in on my BBC app, I can’t help but to rejoice in knowing how all this will end. No matter the shootings, bombings, or discriminations, Jesus will be back. He is coming soon.
People are crying out for justice and the truth is, justice began at the cross. When Christ was hanging on the cross, justice and mercy met. Christ made all things that were red, run white.
“It’s where Adam’s sinful curse is met with the New Adam’s sinless sacrifice, and the severe wrath and sovereign mercy of God brings the world to right, once and for all. It is the place where we throw “deserve” and “fair” out the window because we realize what true justice would mean for any one of us.”- Raechel Myers
Looking to the cross is the only place you can start when thinking about justice for this broken world. This is where my sins along with yours are wiped clean and are white as snow.
“So then as through one transgression there resulted condemnation to all men, even so through one act of righteousness there resulted justification of life to all men. For as through the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the One the many will be made righteous. The Law came in so that the transgression would increase; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, even so grace would reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 5:18-21
Ladies and gents, Jesus is our only hope in this world. This world we live in is full of brokenness, but through the eyes and love of Christ, it is saved.
Christ is the light in the darkness. He is the one that can break through when we can’t do anymore. So let Him shine through you in all that you do. He has to be the focal point in our lives if we want peace, healing and strength.
“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1:5
“And Jesus cried out and said, “Whoever believes in me, believes not in me but in him who sent me. And whoever sees me sees him who sent me. I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness. If anyone hears my words and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. ” John 12:44-47
Fix your eyes on the One who came to save, heal, redeem and restore.
“In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. 10 In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” 1 John 4: 9-11
In the good times, look to Jesus. In the hard times, cling to Jesus.
He is our only hope in this broken world. Rejoice in knowing that Jesus is good and that He cares. God’s truths and promises are constant and never changing. Loved ones, I want you to know that in the midst of all the chaos going on around you, Jesus is right next to you. He is grieving with you and He is rejoicing with you. Go before Him now and seek His love, grace and peace.
I am praying that You will meet everyone in the place where they are seeking you most. I pray for healing for the families of the victims this past week and that they will experience your comfort. I pray for the doctors and nurses that continue to take care of the wounded and the ones that fought for the lives of the victims. I pray for our nation and that our eyes will be open. I pray that we start seeing people for who You called them to be. Lord, I pray that through all of the chaos You will be glorified. I pray that people’s hearts will be open and ready to make Christ their Savior. You are our only hope and I praise you for never changing. I pray that many will come to know Your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.
Grace & blessings,