onsdag 21. desember 2016

When "everything else" all of a sudden becomes important

... We are often reminded of the evil in the world, and with the attacks on ‘evacuation-buses’ in Aleppo, the murder of the Russian ambassador in Turkey and the IS-attack on a Christmas market in Berlin, it is confirmed that evil is not defeated.

That makes "everything else" important. Exhortations to pray for all people and those in leadership positions in particular, seems to be the best we can do (1), and several of Paul’s other exhortations may be useful to recall when the world is so dark that it threatens to hide the light.

Here is a small excerpt:
Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honour one another above yourselves… Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse… Do not repay anyone evil for evil… If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink… Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Romans 12: 9-21
This has its roots in the most important: In God, who is love. This love became man and was tested in "everything else" like us, but love prevailed. I need to be reminded about this fact on the dark days. It gives light, and it gives hope.

And amidst all the evil, I constantly see kindness expressed around me. Some call the goodness “tyranny”. If it is correct, I wish for more tyranny, yes, I will gladly fight for this kind of tyranny until good has overcome evil.

'Manna' for today: 

Love will triumph!
PS tomorrow it is about leadership in the church.
(1) See: “Instructions on prayer”

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