The news for the day: murders, thefts, war, colonization, enmity, and economic problems. These are the daily headlines in countries all over the world. People sometimes wonder why all this happens. According to the Bible, it is due to man's sinful nature: lack of mercy, murder, slavery, taking credit from banks to fulfill our materialistic lust, robberies resulting from the hatred of others and the love of money. The solution to these problems is found in these verses. They carry truths from the mouth of our great Teacher Jesus Christ. Jesus offered us these teachings to move us forward towards a better life. He said, "I have come in order that you might have life-life in all its fullness." (John 10:10).
We face many problems and conflicts when we encounter people who are still under the sway of the devil. We often think that we should respond in the same manner in order to avoid appearing weak. However, Jesus Christ asks us not to respond to evil with evil, but rather with forgiveness. If we are not able to counter evil with forgiveness, we should flee from it, because trying to face it could cause us to stumble. Jesus goes even further by commanding us to love our enemies, to bless those who curse us, to be kind to those who hate us, and even to pray for those who persecute us. Jesus knew how hard that would be, but he gives us an incentive to act in this manner: "so that you may become the children of your Father in heaven."
May God help us all to live as children of our Father in heaven.
- 23 MAY -