And the Greatest of These...
(1 Corinthians 13:13)
Friday, November 13, 2015
Terror rained on Paris, France much like it did across this very nation on September 11. So similar...a well-coordinated and lethal series of attacks aimed at densely populated areas resulting in high loss of life.
A shocked country froze as the world watched in horror. We sat...glued to our televisions...and waited for the latest news reports, praying for the best, expecting the worst. After all, as Americans, we'd been down this road...several times before.
But then...hasn't France just a few months ago? And Israel? What about Italy, Cameroon, Iraq, Egypt, Somalia, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Nigeria, Turkey, the West Bank, the Philippines, oh, and the United States? The list of countries with attacks on their homeland goes on...and that's just since October!
Terrorism, whether Islamic or homegrown, is a cancer. It's not isolated to one region of the globe. It's spreading through the whole planet and it has no respect for life...of any form. The perpetrators kill and are killed, usually by their own hand, in the process of "honoring" their cause. And what may that be? War, land, power, religion...
The reasons vary from group to group. Why did Japanese pilots dive into destroyers during WWII? A sensible reason for one may be ludicrous to another. Either way, times have changed. Today's world isn't as it once was. We need to realize global terror is a reality. It's now being used, not only against military installations and in the realm of wartime strategy, but against innocent civilians...while we eat lunch.
As Christians, what can we do about it?
If we aren't in the trenches armed with a machine gun, how can we fight back? Especially when our world is ripped away with a single bullet? We may not expect the attack that may come our way, but we prepare ourselves with the Word of God.
In 1 Corinthians, I believe the Lord shows us how to face days of terror, hopelessness, and loss. We can pick up the pieces of a shattered life. How? Walk one step at a time with hope and faith in the Almighty as our strength. Above all, by keeping His amazing love cradled close to our hearts, and moving into each brand new day with the Lord.
Believe, hold on to your hope, love...and remember, the greatest of these is LOVE.
1 Corinthians 13:4-13
4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up;
5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil;
6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth;
7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8 Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away.
9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part.
10 But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.
11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.
13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
Stay strong, Paris. You're not alone.
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