"You never start living until you stop fearing." - Ann Voskamp
There has been much to fear in this year. And no doubt, there will be much to fear in the year to come. Because evil is on the loose in this world. Lurking behind bushes, prowling the open plains, waiting to devour the weak.
But take courage because there is One.
He has overcome this world.
He reigns victorious over this evil.
Jesus. At His name, the darkness flees.
Do not be afraid.
"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." (John 10:10)
Love wins in this epic story. Love always wins. And until the day when every knee will bow and tongue confess that Love has won, may the church unite to speak Truth and mourn with those who mourn. No more. No less. No arguments that will solve nothing. No blame to be tossed. No criticizing of the laws and control or lack thereof.
When four foot caskets are buried six feet under, I just don't understand how more laws or less laws will cure the human heart responsible for this kind of graveyard. And I think deep down we all know laws can't prevent evil. Isn't this why Jesus came? To fulfill the law that was impossible to keep, to save and redeem His family of sinners, to claim victory over this unbeatable evil that beats in us all? To transform us and send us out as sheep among wolves, not lawmakers among the lawless?
There is only one cure for the wickedness of earth and that is the love of God.
When Jesus came, He didn't draft new laws. He loved. And He reminded us what the two most important commands were:
Love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul, strength. (Deut 6:5, Matt 22:37)
Love your neighbor as yourself. (Lev 19:18, Matt 22:39)
It seems so simple. But even these I cannot keep without Him. I cannot even love without His power and presence in my life. Not selflessly, not extravagantly, not in a way that exposes Love to a barren, bankrupt heart. It starts with me. My heart. My circle of influence. Not with a lawmaking frenzy of pharisaical proportions.
Laws made by man - they are made out of fear. But perfect love casts out fear. That's the law of Love.