I sat down this morning to write a post for Day 3 of the series Bookishly Better! 31 Days of Literary Lifestyle Inspiration. Instead, I was stunned to read of the horrific and heartbreaking tragedy in Las Vegas. No matter how many times I tried today, my mind simply would not string together words for the topic I had planned. Instead, I continually circled back to these words in a different book:
“If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men.” Romans 12:18, NASB
I am no theologian, but I know what this verse is speaking to me today.
Love one another.
Let your words encourage, not divide.
We look at the madness around us and ask, “What can I do?” This, my friend, is what we do:
We wrap our arms around those who are hurting and we love. We love when we don’t agree. We love when we don’t even like. Because Jesus didn’t say we get to choose whom we love. He chose to love us all. By His grace, we should do the same.'So far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men.' Rom 12:18 Click To Tweet
So my friends, I challenge you — no, I implore you — be kind to one another.
Be polite to a stranger. Hold the door, smile.
When you are tempted to complain, just don’t.
When you want to criticize someone, pray for that person instead.
Don’t engage the negativity.When you don't know what to do, be kind. #bookishlybetter #write31days Click To Tweet
Hate and evil aren’t going away. However, in the grace which we first receive and then freely give, we find peace.
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