Are you afraid of what is happening in our world today? If so, I want to encourage you not to fear but to believe in the power of God’s love.
- God’s love displayed in our lives destroys fear and hate
- God’s love displayed in our lives annihilates injustice, division, and combativeness
- God’s love displayed in our lives brings unity among humanity regardless of where they stand politically and socially
- God’s love displayed in our lives sees God’s creation of diversity as His perfect plan for humanity
Let us break down the walls of fear and build the bridge of love for our families, communities, and our nations. As we build bridges of love, let us hear each other’s life stories so that we can understand the heart of the matter to bring unity and peace among us, just as the Father has ordained it to be.
The phrase “to be, or not to be- that is the question” comes from William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, which was written around 1600. This was a line in a famous play, but I heard the Holy Spirit say, “Ask my people who do they want to be or not to be in this hour”. Do we want “to be” known as a voice of love and change, or “not to be” this voice?
We want “to be” the voice of love even during confusion and discord. It is the voice of love that calms the hearts of families, communities, and nations. Yes, it also takes strategy, but how can we receive the strategies of heaven to dispel hate and division if we are not walking in the love that God ordained us to walk in with one another.
1 John 4:20 says, “If anyone boasts, ‘I love God,’ and goes right on hating his brother or sister, thinking nothing of it, he is a liar. If he won’t love the person he can see, how can he love the God he can’t see?” We want to love God’s creation just as much as we love Him. John is telling us that we cannot have one without the other, so we should set our hearts to do both for this is God’s will for His children.
We are experiencing some difficult times as a nation, but I want to encourage and challenge you not to succumb to the fear factor, but display God’s love to all on every occasion. We want to be known as a community of Kingdom-minded Believers that “Rise in Love” regardless of the situation. This is what Jesus did, so this is what we will do.
Cynthia B. Jackson