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Charleston

It’s been less than 2 weeks since the tragedy in Charleston. Amazing how so many things have transpired in our country yet we so quickly forget that there are people still hurting. So many current events, it’s hard to process it all. I’m thankful that I have an unchanging God that I can know and rely on His solid rock character amidst a culture that shifts with every wave. This past weekend at church, I spent some time in the greenroom with the worship team. We were reflecting on Luke 6:

 

But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you…Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you… 

 

We spoke of the horrific hate crime that transpired less than a week ago in Charleston, South Carolina when 21 year old Dylan Roof, walked into the historic Emanuel A.M.E Church, sat through a prayer service and then shot and killed at close range 9 of the 12 attending,  uttering racial inflammatory statements over the victim’s bodies as he left.. This was the largest mass shooting at an American place of worship.

 

Sadly, racism still does exist; the hatred passed down from parent to child, from generation to generation. In our recent history, we’ve seen individuals of different ethnicities gunned down  and what happens in response? The city breaks out in violence, looting and anger over the fallen victim.

 

 

The way the Church responds when operating in the power of God is the difference. The pain is still the same. I can’t imagine what it’s like to be a family member of one of the victims. What agony! Yet I know because God  alone who gives them strength to forgive and because of Him,  they have hope. Praise God who comforts us in our sorrow!

 

 

 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. “ John 15:5

 

 

My pastor always says, “the greatest need of man is forgiveness.” This is an excellent display of the power of Christ to change the heart. Take a look at this video and listen to the reaction of the reporters who are astounded at their response.  Dylan Roof’s soul is still valuable to God.

 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=If6nDPHYOLg

VIDEO: Raw emotion, forgiveness at Dylann Roof’s bond hearing – FoxNews

 

 

“…But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great and you will be children of the Most High, because He is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.”

 

May you live in the grace that He gives,

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