I wanted to continue on the subject of discrimination and Christianity. It is a subject that continues to be at the forefront of our society and we continue to struggle with the thought of seeing all as equal and loving one another beyond our comfort zones such as family, friends, fellow church members, and etc.
I want to share something that I believe could help heal someone else. As I pinpointed in the last post, there are many people who harbor anger and pain towards others because of a misdeed or an unfortunate circumstance that occurred that may have caused the scar that could not heal in your heart. Hurt causes reaction. Misunderstanding causes reaction. The great mind, Nelson Mandela once said, “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”
I began to wonder how true this is. God gave us free will. Even the devil and the angels who followed him chose to rise against God in an attempted coup but of course failed and were thrown out of Heaven to roam the Earth seeking whom he may devour. Adam and Eve chose to eat of the ONE tree of knowledge after God told Adam not to. Cain killed his brother Abel after a jealous rage. So we can see from the beginning the heart is not naturally good. We must consciously allow God to come into our hearts to change us and once He has we must make a conscious effort to not turn back to the old ways. The Bible says in Proverbs 4:23 (NIV) Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.
So we can only pray that God allows us to reject the pain that may cause us to harbor the resentment against another and begins to build up in our hearts until we can no longer resist the hurt from spilling out of our hearts and mouths built to praise our Heavenly Father.
Dear Heavenly Father,
I continue to pray Lord that You walk with me in the days on this Earth. Though I may discover difficulty along the way Lord, continue to wash me of the sins that may attempt to land in my heart. Keep me in Your will Heavenly Father. Let me be an example of Your word Lord so that I may lead a lost soul to You. Continue to work on me Lord because pain causes me to retreat to the old ways but You are my refuge in the time of trouble. Lift me up in Your righteous Right hand. In the name of Jesus I pray.