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  • Writer's pictureBart Ponders

How will you respond?

Seems like the news is always full of horrific events going on in our world. I have a hard time watching it anymore. But, in the past couple of days, I have seen some of the violent riots in response to the death of George Floyd. This scenario is tragic! Sometimes we find ourselves in upsetting circumstances, caught up in the moment, and react “in the flesh”. That’s our human nature, after all. But as believers, we have a responsibility to the lost to react in a way that glorifies God. In John 13:34, Jesus said, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.” We are supposed to love other people the way that Jesus loves us. Also, our love should be evident through our actions, according to 1 John 3:18. Many times it’s hard to respond accordingly, but as followers of Christ, the Holy Spirit will help us, Luke 12:12.

In Romans 12:17-21, Paul explains the way God wants us to react to non-Christians.

"Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. Therefore

“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;

If he is thirsty, give him a drink;

For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.”

Do not be overcome by evil, but (overcome evil with good."

So, when you find yourself wanting to voice your opinion about a predicament, first, think about how God would want you to respond. The short answer is love others. I pray that you and your family will trust God, make wise choices, and that you’ll have the opportunity to tell somebody about Jesus, the only One who has the power to love others through us, even during in these times.

Faithfully serving Him,


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