Christians who aren’t grieving–You should be!

 

Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.
Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. 
Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. 
Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality. 
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 
Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 
Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. 
Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. 
If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.  Romans 12:10-18

 

To those Christians grieving:

Do not grieve as those that have no hope.

Grieve only for what needs to be redeemed by Jesus, and rejoice in the hope that He will.

This grief will not be experienced forever, because Jesus will right all wrongs and reverse the destruction of sin.  He is our Hope.  Believe that.

Look for those who are grieving with you.  They can remind you of the hope of the Lord. Let them bless you and love you like family.

Serve the Lord, with His agenda which is love. Talk to God a lot, and care about what God cares about.  Give God glory in all that you do, because it is not about you.

Be patient and wait on God.  God promised we would struggle and be persecuted.  But he also promised He is in Control and will never leave us.

Christians who aren’t grieving–you should be:

We must pay attention to those who are grieving.  We must look at why people are grieving?  I am seeing many of my minority friends feeling unloved and unprotected.  That is terrible.  They do not feel brotherly affection and honor.  In fact the KKK is marching.

When we see why people are grieving, we can grieve with them.  We can grieve that this world needs to be made right by a Savior.  This could have been said had the election gone the other way.  We need to look at why people feel forgotten.

We should be known for being associated with the lowly.  In fact many times believers in the Bible are synonymous with the lowly.  What is the lowly?  The lowly or the lowly in spirit are those who are not raised up….the humble.  Our society is structured with an elite.  Honestly both sides of the political spectrum have their lowly.  We are hearing of how Trump represents the lowly patriotic american, those that are not Washington.  Yet, he was also accused of representing the rich and white supremacy.  We heard how Hillary represented minorities and women.  Yet, she was accused of representing Hollywood and Washington.  There is a group of people on both sides that feel forgotten.  There is a side that is believed to be proud and selfish.  We as Christians should care about justice and loving the vulnerable.  We as Christians should understand more than anyone the feeling of being an outsider, because we are in the world but not of it.  Being associated with the lowly means we need to first recognize who they are, and then be in such close proximity to them that we are identified with them.  Wow!  And this should be our response no matter what political side or outcome of the election.

We should embody Hope in grief.  We should remind each other of the Hope in Christ.  America is not our Savior.  Yet we cannot be dismissive of the hurt in this world.  How do we do that? We should be about loving like a brother, serving one another, showing honor, meeting needs, making people feel welcome, blessing, not only caring about other’s feelings but being invested in them enough to feel them ourselves and showing an outward solidarity, living in harmony, being identified with the humble, and thinking about what is honorable to all.

We the lowly ourselves, following a lowly King, are the perfect people to accomplish this task!

 

 

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