In light of recent events involving police brutality against the black community, it is important to remember God’s mercy and compassion. God is truly the only person that can save our country at this time. It is equally important for the church to get involved and take a stance for justice, brotherly love, and forgiveness. Proverbs is full of wisdom that will attest to the presence the church should have and actions Christians should have with regards to prejudice against communities of individuals.
Often acts that are committed against others are spurned by feelings of hatred, jealously, and fear. When you live in these feelings you are led by an impure spirit and cannot focus on treating your neighbor as you would like to be treated. Proverbs 10:12 says, “Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offense.”
It is hard to love someone when they have wronged you. It is hard to love others when your family members are shot in the street and there is no conviction. Yet, as Christians we must still extend love to our neighbors. We have to forgive them as God has forgiven us. All of our transgressions are wiped away because of our faith in God. This does not make it any easier to love those who tear down communities of people, but it should restore your soul to know that God will vindicate you for, “Evildoers do not understand what is right, but those who seek the LORD understand it fully.” Proverbs 28:5.
Those who do evil and get away with it will not prosper in the end! God always fights the battles of those who are righteous. Leviticus 19:15 says, “Do not pervert justice; do not show partiality to the poor or favoritism to the great, but judge your neighbor fairly.” And Proverbs 21:15 reminds us that, “when justice is done, it brings joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers.” Praise God for those two affirmations. We are not to stop justice from coming to fruition. Those who do wrong will be terrified by the justice that will be served.
This is the time to let God work. Pray over your family. Pray for the families of your neighbors. Call on God for healing and understanding. Call on God to give you compassion.
A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
Instead of seeking revenge we must turn away and respond in love, compassion, and understanding. As a follower of Christ we know our victory lies in heaven and no one can take that from us. We must remember to love our neighbor and uplift our communities. We must band together and with prayer we can overcome all oppression that is directed to the marginalized people groups.
Be Blessed, Kay H