There is so much evil in this world. I woke up this morning to seeing yet another news article about a school stabbing and a hit-and-run at a daycare killed a child and injured 13 others. There are so many things that happen in this world that just don’t make sense. All of the school shootings and stabbings, killing little kids like at Sandy Hook, kidnappings, cyber bullying leading to kids committing suicide, and on the depressing list goes.
The world seems so lost and evil and sad. So many people are searching for something but have no idea where to find it. Some find pleasure in killing because of what has happened to them, reciprocating the cycle. Some find it in causing other people anxiety and stress and pain in the kidnapping of a child. Others find it in doing something crazy to be the next viral story or video. I wonder if all of these things could somehow be avoided or at least decreased in frequency if follows of Jesus Christ lived out every single day the selfless, sacrificial love Jesus Himself lived out and calls us out to live. This, in fact, is a defining marker of a follower of Jesus Christ: “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” (John 13:35), and the second greatest commandment, “…Love your neighbor as yourself…” (Mark 12:31).
The world needs love. Not condemnation. The world needs hope. Not criticism. The world needs Jesus Christ. Not feel-good religion.
Everyone you see, everyone you meet, everyone in your life is going through something, has been through something, or will go through something difficult and painful. Don’t judge a book by its cover, don’t give mean or disdainful looks, don’t use hurtful words, but instead try to love them as Jesus would love them.It was Jesus Christ, not the religious crowd, that hung out with the lowest of the low, the people no one else cared about.
Today, and everyday, if you have a relationship with Jesus Christ, live it out to the fullest and love the people around you so they can see Jesus Christ in you and regain trust and confidence that the media has taken away from the Christian name. We are called to love, pure and simple, because Jesus Christ loved us first (1 John 4:19).
And, if you’ve never made a personal commitment to follow Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, send me a message or comment and it would be my absolute pleasure to talk to you about the One who has given me purpose and made my life worth living!