Good Morning Church Family, (Devotion from Brittany)

These past few weeks, things have gotten much worse in our world and in America.  There is so much pain and anger on social media and the news, that it can be hard to keep your eyes on the good.  Fortunately, there are some things out there talking about the good in the midst of all the evil.  However, there are a lot of opinions and views, some are right and many are wrong.  It’s hard to discern the truth and hold onto it.  My heart is so sad right now, after seeing all the hate and complete disregard for others…

One thing God has been showing me is that He is in control, not man.  His opinion and view is the ONE that matters most, not the opinions of people.  What God thinks of me is very important.  I should worry more about what He thinks when I am doing and saying things in person, on social media, and even in my heart. 

As followers of Jesus, we are called to be the light in the darkness in this world.  Sharing our own views on hate and rage, rather than God’s views of human behavior and injustice, is leading others to hate.  It’s okay to be upset and it’s okay to do something about it.  It’s okay to stand up for those who can’t stand up for themselves.  It’s not okay to go against what God and His Word says. 

What is the greatest commandment?  Jesus gives the answer in Mark 12.

Mark 12:28-34 (NIV)

28 One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” 29 “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”

32 “Well said, teacher,” the man replied. “You are right in saying that God is one and there is no other but him. 33 To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.” 34 When Jesus saw that he had answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And from then on no one dared ask him any more questions.

He is clear that we must love Him and love our neighbors as ourselves!  We need to remind ourselves to be careful what we fill our minds and hearts with.  We need to consider what we say, do and even post on social media.  Does this bring honor to God?  Does this show others love?  Does this point others to Jesus?  Ask yourself these questions and ask God for help.  He will lead you in what to say or do.  If we are continuing to seek after God and His word, then we better prepare our hearts to share Him with others.  We represent Christ and He is love.  Be kind.  Be loving.  Be His hands and feet. – Hands of God by Francesca Battistelli