It’s funny. I watched the riots this week as wave after wave of evil unfolded! But I did not cry!
My heart sank when I saw lawlessness and mob rule. I was angry when I had to watch the police in a no win situation when if they attacked they may be seen as using undue force but took 111 injuries while waiting for the go ahead from the government! But I did not cry!
My anger rose when I saw a young man have his jaw broken and teeth smashed in and then being mugged in broad day light! I asked God to take my anger away and show me how to love! But I did not cry!
Oh but this week I did cry…. I cried so hard! But I cried when I saw a million people waiting with brushes and brooms ready to clear up the mess after the evil is gone! I cried when I saw a website set up to give money to the guy who had his jaw broken! I cried when I saw people making cups of tea for the police officers who stood on the front line for 30 hours without a break! I cried when I heard the father of a son who had been killed by looters asking for people to go home and stay calm…….. I pray that I could be that strong.
Love impacts so much more than retaliation, vengeance and anger
1 Corinthians 13 : ‘……Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.Love never ends….’
Father God help me to truly love…….. in the way that you love us!