Faith, Hope, and Love

Now faith, hope, and love remain—these three things—and the greatest of these is love.

1 Corinthians 13:13

Every February, we see the store shelves filled with items pink and red and adorned with hearts and flowers. We wax poetic on the attributes of love and celebrate romance. While our hearts are turned toward love, it may be appropriate, especially in such turbulent times.

Our culture has been called a “culture of outrage.” Social media has provided us with opportunities to say things to people we don’t even know, things we would never say to their face. We can find any number of reasons to be offended and outraged, and we do. Now hear me, there are valid things to be outraged about, social injustice, systemic racism, ageism, sexism….and a significant number of other “isms.”

Remember your mother telling you, “you can catch more flies with honey than vinegar?” What happened to kindness, grace, and expecting the best of others? Better yet, remember the words of Jesus, “Do unto to others as you would have them to do unto you?” the golden rule? God has been working on my heart. In this age of vitriol, it is easy to allow bitterness to take root in our hearts. It is easy to assume the worse and make a snippy response instead of expecting pure and righteous motives. As we enter into this month of red hearts, I am keeping this verse in mind:

More than anything, guard your heart, for life flows from it.

Proverbs 4:23

 

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Karen

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