Christchurch

Sunday, 17 Mar 2019

Dear community, I don't know about you, but on Friday night when Prime Minister Ardern made the announcement that 49 people lost their lives and 45 were injured, I couldn't help but cry: people made in God's image were treated as if they had no value at all.
 
In this difficult time in our nation, it is appropriate to follow the apostle Paul's encouraging advice to the church in Rome in which he describes how to live a life that is motivated by a love for Jesus Christ, and so glorifies God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit:
 
"Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits. Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good." Romans 12:14-21
 
We will therefore weep with them that weep and endeavour to overcome evil with good ("good" as the Bible so clearly and uncompromisingly defines it).
 
Blessings,
Barend Blom
 
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Christchurch - 15 March 2019 (Photo credit: foter.com)

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