Amos 5: 14-15 (KJV)
14 Seek good, and not evil, that ye may live: and so the Lord, the God of hosts, shall be with you, as ye have spoken.
15 Hate the evil, and love the good, and establish judgment in the gate: it may be that the Lord God of hosts will be gracious unto the remnant of Joseph.
As we move forward in this new year, we have a choice of directions to take. We live in a culture that does not respect many of the values we hold dear. People seem to have forgotten God entirely. They choose to be politically correct rather than righteous. We are asked not only to condone but to promulgate behavior that the Bible prohibits.
We are, in fact, in the middle of a spiritual war. The minions of the enemy would have us be silent with the truth of God. They will go to any lengths to instill fear and doubt. We have only to look at today’s headlines.
But those of us who know the truth of God are called to speak it forth, respectfully, clearly, plainly. Because God has loved us, we are called to share that love with others.
God loved us before we loved Him. Therefore, we are called to love those who do not know Him and who would literally do us harm. That is a radical thought. But we serve a radical God. He asks us to emulate the actions of Jesus Christ, to show love and respect to all.
We can hate the evil that men do, but we are to love them, none-the-less. If we are not in proximity to show that love, we can still make our enemies the focus of our prayers. We can ask that the Holy Spirit woo them and change hearts.
We ask that you fill us with your love and righteousness. Give us the grace to love those who would do us harm and the strength and wisdom to pray for them. Grant that we may never lose heart in pursuing the right and speaking your truth.
In Jesus’ most precious name.