“Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous;” 1 Peter 3:8
Here is the solution to every relational problem. Every racial issue and every religious disagreement. Have compassion for one another. Be tenderhearted and courteous/kind. Sounds pretty simple, right? Unfortunately, so many people in today’s world are completely unaware of this answer. Many people today have no idea that being kind and gracious to others will bring peace. The people of our nation are so focused on the problems of disrespect and contempt for just about every race, class and tradition that they fail to realize there is a solution and it is within their power to execute it. It is the law of compassion, courtesy, brotherly kindness and grace.
Here’s the thing, returning evil and reviling with a blessing, brings blessing back to you (vs. 9) This is ground breaking. There was a day when respect and refraining from evil speaking was the way of life. A time when people turned away from evil and did good. The end result of this attitude is God hearing prayers and healing the land. However, the face of God is against the anger and pride that has come on the people of the world and the people of our nations. Think of it this way, you are either speaking for the enemy or your Deliverer. I pray that we become a thankful people. Yes, the previous generations may have come here through terrible circumstances. Many were sent to this country for punishment of crimes, some were brought here by force and others choose to travel here with great consequences and no idea if they would actually make it, but thank God they came! We have a great nation and great people in our nation. No matter how our ancestors got here, lets be thankful that they made it. We live in the greatest land on earth, and there is no other place I would rather be. . . How about you?
Today I want to encourage you to let it begin with you. Let it begin with me and pray that it spreads throughout the entire nation, the kindness of God. His compassion, respect for every individual person, kindness and grace extended beyond race. As James 2:13 says “For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.” Let’s allow mercy to triumph in our land and drive the enemy of our soul out for good!
Today’s scripture reading: 1 Peter 3:8-12