As we have opened our newspapers over the past several years, far too often on the front page, there is some disastrous event involving humanity somewhere around the world boldly displayed! Likewise, on the evening news at the beginning of each newscast, the focus is quickly placed upon tension at various places around the globe. Our attention is directed towards the Middle East with the unrest over the United States has withdrawn from Afghanistan. I have listened to debates regarding the United States’ existence in that region for the duration of their presence. Many interesting “pros and cons” have been presented, reflecting why the United States should, or should not, have been in that part of the world for the time they were there.
Regarding the stressful focal point presented and many others I become aware of in life, I quickly turn to the Bible for guidance and mentorship that assists me with gaining a godly perspective about what to think, what to say, and how to react. Direction is given to the book of 1 Thessalonians, which provides concise and essential teaching regarding how we should treat one another: “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing” (1 Thessalonians 5:11/NIV). When you look at this scriptural passage, it pretty clearly guides us to help one another in some manner with a presence that will help them and perhaps strengthen them as well! Encouraging words and acts of kindness at a minimum, as well as prayer, which is an essential means of communicating our concerns to God, would all certainly be helpful!
1 Thessalonians encourages us to “acknowledge those who work hard,” hold them “in the highest regard in love” as well as “living in peace” with one another (5:12-13). We should also “encourage the disheartened, help the weak,” and be “patient with everyone” (5:14). As we think about international social, racial, and faith-based tensions occurring, I wonder how much resolve could be achieved by utilizing these three primary Biblical passages that would help us get along better.
In general, when I consider the national and international tension, I wonder how much peace can come through reading the Bible and giving prayerful consideration towards its application in our lives. Though tough and challenging times are swirling around us, the Bible does say we should “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:18/NIV). I admit it is hard to give thanks amid tough times but knowing that “all things work together for the good for those who love the Lord and have been called according to His will and purpose” (Romans 8:28) reassures me. It reassures me that there will be a positive outcome, which may or may not happen immediately or in my lifetime! While living during tough and troubling times, I pray that “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you” (1 Thessalonians 5:28/NIV) and guide you in your thoughts, actions, and statements!
Many blessings to you!
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