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Being kind in a world full of hate

This post was difficult for me to write. Obviously, with the current events going on in the world, I have been struggling to find the words to type. I can barely process my own swirling thoughts and emotions, let alone compose them into coherent sentences that make up a good blog post. But I’ll do my best to make this post concise and clear. Most of the Bible verses I’m going to share are fairly self-explanatory, but I think writing this down will be beneficial for me personally, and I hope it can help you too. None of what has happened is about me, and I’m definitely not trying to make it about me in any way. I’m not here to promote an agenda or blast my opinions; I simply want to share my heart and how I’m striving to be a kind Christian, citizen, and human.

“If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.”

I John 4v20-21

These verses are straightforward. You are a liar if you say you are a Christian, while you hate another person. We all have people in our lives that frustrate us and make us angry, but we have absolutely no right to cause harm or show hatred or bias to another human being. Christians are to be kind, compassionate, and showing the love of God to those around us. We are taught from a young age to “love our neighbor” and that comes directly from the Bible. Matthew 22v39 says, “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.”

In the Bible (I use primarily the KJV), the word racism or bias is not used. However, a phrase that is often used is “respect of persons” which basically means “unfair bias”. We are commanded over and over again to not have an unfair bias toward any man (Proverbs 28v21 & 24v23, James 2v1,9). God has never condoned racism, hate, and bias. Romans 2v11 says, “There is no respect of persons with God.” He loves the whole world and gives salvation to ANY person. (John 3v16, Romans 5v8)

“These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.”

Proverbs 6v16-19

These verses in Proverbs 6 gives a list of what God truly hates. The third one on the list is “hands that shed innocent blood”. God values human life, more than humans value their own lives. He died so that we could have eternal life, yet we spit that back in His face when we hurt and kill the very lives he died to save.

Christians are called to be kind. (Ephesians 4v32) So what does being kind look like? Take a look at these verses:

“Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.”

I John 3v16-18

Being kind means loving our neighbors and putting their needs before our own. Being kind means having compassion. Being kind means that our actions speak louder than any social media post. Being kind means treating ALL people the same.

One resource that I have to mention is The Daily Grace Co. Podcast and their newest episode “How Can We Respond to Racial Injustice”. I definitely recommend listening to that episode.

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“Only people who are unhappy with themselves are mean to others.”

Remember that.

Thanks for taking the time to read this post. I invite you to pray with me for our nation, our leaders, those who have sworn oaths to protect us, and for those who have been hurt by these tragedies. Don’t just post on social media and say you’re going to change or do “fill in the blank”. Put down your phone and actually put in the work.

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