Matthew 5:9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.”
Many cities at large have been experiencing a recent trend of an increase of violence that has caused the loss of loved ones. There is a trend in a few states where the actions of some individuals seem intent on creating more chaos.
The situation may appear as though their is no hope or it may appear the situation getting worse. However, even in the midst of chaos of darkness, God’s light still shines.
How do we as a people of faith respond to such chaos? Our Bible tells us in 1 Corinthians 1:10 “Now I exhort you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all agree and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be made complete in the same mind and in the same judgment.”
When Peter asked Jesus how often he should forgive a brother who sinned against him (Matt. 18:21), the Lord surprised everyone with His answer of “seventy times seven” (v.22). Following the passage He told an unforgettable story about a servant who had received forgiveness and failed to pass it on (vv.23-35). As God freely forgives us, so He requires that we extend what we have received to others.
We will continue for the next couple of weeks to bring forth truth about the reconciliation message to mankind in hopes that our community will come together and heal from these tragic situations. We will bring comparisons from the biblical world view and society viewpoints of where forgiveness is better than sacrifice.
The gospel of Jesus Christ brings the hope of peace and reconciliation with God and with each other.
In light of the recent incident here in Tulsa, the police shooting of Terrance Crutcher, Brookhaven Hospital Renewal Christian Care invites pastors to attend “Faith in the Line of Duty” with several key leaders of our community to help bring hope in times of disparity.
This event will be held October 13th, 2016. Please call 918.430.8350 to RSVP.