The world sometimes feels like it's gone crazy. Bad crap is happening, and boy do we hear all about it...on social media, the news, the radio. We're bombarded with the hard and bloody parts of reality. In the midst of this misery, I read these wise words shared on Facebook: "Don't hate evil more than you love good."
In the midst of negative media bombardment, don't despair and don't fill up with the hate. Don't forget that there's more good in the world than evil. We just don't hear about it as much because good stuff doesn't sell clicks online or make you tune in on television. Fear and anger and hate are stronger motivators and have more powerful marketers.
Another quotation making the rounds on social media this weekend comes from Martin Luther King, Jr. "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."
If you're a Christian, you call the source of love in the world by the name of God and likely believe (as I do) that we love because He first loved us. From the very beginning of time to all eternity, with a love that we cannot even comprehend.
In times of darkness, however, we sometimes forget that God loves us. Each one of us. And everyone around us. Whether we believe in Him or not, He loves us.
So this is for each of us right now, to remind us that all is not wrong in the world.
He loves us, and His heart breaks with ours. He is present and accounted for in each of these recent tragedies, in the outpouring of love and support for victims and families and friends and communities.
Don't hate evil more than you love good. Don't get sucked into the darkness.
Instead, reflect love all over the darkness, people. Shine it bright and clear and strong. Darkness gives way before light. It can't do anything else.
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