Jesus' Mercy Changes Me, We and the World

What Was Intended

Talk about a time of hate our world has been stirred into. I don’t need to explain what has been on everyone’s minds and what has unfolded throughout our society so I’ll spare everyone the details. We as children of Christ have been placed in a great time of tribulation. As our country becomes more and more dichotomous, we lose our concept of loving one another as Christ intended. Romans 12:12 says that we should “rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” I find it hard to be patient in our trials and tribulations because no one enjoys being placed in situations where we must endure suffering. Right now people are angry, impatient, and tired of a long time of tribulation. We have a virus that keeps us indoors and away from friends, loved ones, and jobs. As we finally get the opportunity to break out of our homes and press play on our lives again, we are confronted with hate, bigotry, destruction, and polarization. I believe that our country is exhausted from one hell of a trial that just will not end. What do most people do when they lose patience and become exhausted? They become angry and look for a means to react or look for answers. We have brothers and sisters in Christ who have been labeled and treated as unequal for generations. Their patience was stretched thin long before the year 2020. I don’t have the answers that justify any of what our country is experiencing. What I can say, is just love one another as Christ loves you. “Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness.” 1 John 2:9.

Christ will prevail. We have to endure these trials so that we may learn, grow, and change from them. For those who endure through life’s trials and tribulations, they will be the ones who are saved in the end. 

Davis Benedict