After a seriously long day, my favorite thing to do is rewind with a bible verse. At the moment, I have an app on my phone called “Devotion”, which if you hadn’t guessed, is a devotional. As I’m still new to studying and reading the bible, I’m always excited to read a new passage. Tonight’s bible passage was 1 Peter 3:8, which reads as follows:
Finally all of you should be of one mind. Sympathize with each other. Love each other as brothers and sisters. Be tenderhearted, and keep a humble attitude.
What a powerful passage. It’s so necessary to hear things like this in today’s society. We’re split between old and new, republican and democrat… I’m sure I could make a quick google search about a Donald Trump rally and read about protestors starting fights or read the comments people make online to people who have views different than themselves.
Honestly, even just scrolling through Facebook is sometimes enough for me to throw my phone down and wonder about the future of everyone.<
We are so divided. Not only that, but we don’t respect anyone who has an opinion different than ours. I know that God is watching us all and shaking his head. We all need a little reminder to love each other as brothers and sisters. We were called to love and be lovers, not fighters.
However, this also goes a lot deeper into personal relationships. Our friends and family can sometimes be hard to love. Maybe there was a falling out, or maybe there’s just something about their personality you can’t wrap your head around. It leads us to a place of anger and hatred. I’m sure you all have been there, where you think you’re better than someone else and they don’t deserve your love or friendship. I know I have.
However, we are also called to be tenderhearted and keep a humble attitude. It’s not our place to judge others and it’s not our place to hold grudges. Keeping hate in your heart, in any form, will only naw at you until something bad happens. It will reflect on your personality.
Once again, we were called to love. Put yourself in the other person’s shoes. And above all, forgive them even if they aren’t sorry.
We are all children of God and, as such, should be spreading love. Inevitably, this won’t always be easy, but that’s when it’s most vital that you do it. And so, friends, we need to be the ones setting an example for the rest of the world to follow. God uses us all in different ways, but one thing that’s common is the love we’re called to share with everyone else.