Called to Love

Scripture: Romans 12:9-21

Evil and its effects linger long after the actual actions have ended. We see this in the world around us every day.

However, one cannot fight evil with evil to accomplish good. Violence cannot achieve peace, not true peace.

Sometimes in life the most powerful thing to do is to show strength in love. We have the power of God’s love, the strength of His heart to wield in peace, love, and mercy.

{Romans 12:9 — “Let love be sincere.”}

Out of the sincerity of His love, God sent Jesus to die for us. He extended grace and mercy in His love.

Love can be difficult, particularly when we have been hurt, wronged, or mistreated, but it is possible. Forgiveness is possible.

As the saying goes, “An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind.” God calls us to mercy and to forgiveness, not revenge or vengeance.

Turmoil has not really changed centuries. Hate has always existed. In place of vengeance or even justice, Jesus offered love and grace to others–to those who wronged Him–in the face of turmoil. We are called to the same: to get into their business and offer love.

We are all on the same team: those loved and desired by God. Let us move beyond “cultural Christianity” and offer love to all corners, even and especially to those who may have wrong or hurt us. Let us offer only love today. Let us speak life, offer mercy and grace, and live in love with all as best we can.

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