I don’t believe anyone is happy with the state of the world right now. We all know things need to change – but so many people are mixed up on how to improve it. One thing is clear, though: The world desperately needs to change.
People are rightfully demanding justice for the oppressed, and their responses to the situation fall over a large range – from peaceful protest through violence. Of course, there are those who just want ignore the world’s hurt cries and stick their heads in a hole until it all settles back down. However, ignoring things never changed them.
I come from a very racially diverse family and have many Black friends and co-workers, but I keep learning how little I know about the challenges my darker-skinned loved ones face – the prejudice, hurt, unwarranted judgement, belittling, name calling, etc. They’re amazing, loving, kind, generous, intelligent, hard-working, funny, compassionate people who should never face these things, and yet they do, simply based on how they look. Why?
As a white female, I don’t have the answers. Being a woman in a man’s world, often underestimated, marginalized, and scared to walk alone in certain areas, I can see a tiny part of their vast picture, but I recognize my grasp of the injustices they live on a daily basis falls woefully short and I want to do better than that for them.
I feel powerless to make a difference, but I’m not. I can’t presume to understand someone else’s experience or pain, based on my own background, but I can be more compassionate, empathetic, and take time to learn about their experiences. I can listen. I can ask questions and be willing to hear and process difficult answers. I can use my voice to raise up the oppressed. I can call out ignorance when I see it. I can use my daily walk as a reminder of God’s love for all people.
I truly believe most of us want things to get better, want to be better. But how?
In these times, we need to turn to Jesus for answers.
His solution? Love.
The only way we’ll stop hurting is to love one another, revere each other with deep respect, and recognize that God himself designed our beautiful differences and wants us to embrace and celebrate them with each other.
Imagine what our world would look like if every person loved, embraced, empowered, and uplifted everyone they met! If we listened, learned, built-up, and empathized instead of degrading, disempowering, shaming, hurting, accusing, ignoring, or hiding. If we treated all people like our sacred siblings in Christ?
We are ALL created in his image (Genesis 1:27). Every single one of us! Let’s choose to see God looking back out of the eyes of every person we see and treat them with the awe, love, respect, and reverence they deserve, simply by being his children and our brothers and sisters (Acts 17:26).
Overflowing Jesus Journal: Day 30
My words on the subject will never be enough. They’ll never be perfect or all encompassing. They might fall short. But, the Bible speaks very deliberately on the topic of love, and God’s words are much better than anything I could ever write.
Read the verses below with the following questions in mind: How will I walk as a living example of God’s love today? Who will I reach out to? How will I make a difference?
John 13:34 NIV – “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
Romans 13:8 ESV – Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.
John 15:17 NIV – This is my command: Love each other.
1 John 3:18 NIV – 17 If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? 18 Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.
1 John 4:7-8 NIV – 7 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.
1 John 4:11-12 NIV – 11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.
1 John 4:20 NIV – Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.
Galatians 5:13 NIV – 13 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh[a]; rather, serve one another humbly in love.
Ephesians 4:32 NIV – 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
1 Corinthians 16:14 NIV – Do everything in love.
Hebrews 10:24 NIV – And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds,
1 Thessalonians 5:11 NIV – Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
1 Corinthians 13:1-13 NIV – If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. 4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. 13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
Now write the following as a prayer to God:
- Ask for insight on how to love others like Jesus, who dignified, uplifted, included, and gave all he had.
- Write down one way you’ll make a positive difference to someone today. How will you show them you love them, be a beacon of hope, or an example of Christ’s love?
- Write a prayer for someone else by name.
- Thank God for three blessings in your life from the last 24 hours. Remember, no repeats from previous entries!
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