• By Rev. Joseph A. Bias

The Perpetrator Will Not Prevent the Promise

Everywhere we look in the world it seems that evil, hatred, violence and destruction are abounding at home and abroad. The more we hear of it the more we naturally seek to insulate and secure ourselves from its deeds of darkness.

Along the way we try to rationalize the senseless wantonness of it all and we are dumbstruck by the completely irrational degree of the violence and hate that inspires it. Hate, evil and murder tend to go hand in hand. There is only one so evil and filled with such hate and murder, that is, the devil. He hated Jesus, and he hates all those who believe and trust in Him for salvation. And not only us, but all humankind created in His image and likeness.

How do we answer these acts of degeneracy, of hate, of violence and madness? First we recognize and acknowledge the source and the futility of human defense alone against it. Second we acknowledge and confess that God and God alone is greater in us than the evil that is in the world and He alone can make things new again restoring life and that more abundantly. Third, we resist anxiety and dedicate ourselves to minister life and compassion to those in need, the wounded, the broken the bruised and those who mourn in despair and grief.

There is no excuse or defense for the devil. His works are evil from the beginning and all those who have given themselves to follow after his ways will see destruction with him.

But we who belong to Christ have a hope that is sure and steadfast.

“Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil…” Hebrews 6:19

Our hope is in the blood of Jesus Christ and the promise of eternal life beyond the boundaries and limitations of this life. And we know that where sin abounds grace does much more abound, where mourning and sorrow endure joy will come again, where death temporarily prevails there is coming a resurrection from the dead. So in the midst of evil tidings we take hold of the truth of God’s Word and we anchor our souls in His Love and Grace toward us and toward all those who believe and trust in Him. Those who are of the evil one will see their deserved end.

“Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.” John 8:44

Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.” 1 John 3:15

“Violence shall no more be heard in thy land, wasting nor destruction within thy borders; but thou shalt call thy walls Salvation, and thy gates Praise.” Isaiah 60:18

Here are some thoughts for consideration.

Do not answer hate with hate, but answer hate with love. Do not answer violence with violence, but answer violence with prayer and peace. Do not answer evil and murder with more evil and murder, but answer evil and murder with comfort for those who mourn and prayer for deliverance for those who commit such acts of violence. In all things pray and keep on praying that you reflect God’s love for the world, for the righteous and the unrighteous, for the sinner and saved, for the just and the unjust, for those who oppose themselves and those who walk in the light. Violence and destruction will not always prevail. Salvation and praise will surround us and peace will be the mark of our home with God, our Father, Jesus our Lord and the Blessed Holy Spirit.

Pray for one another, confessing our faults one to another that we may be healed.

Finally, in all things give God the glory.

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