Pray for Paris. Pray for the persecuted.

Pray for the people who were impacted by the Paris attack. Only Satan can think this is good. Pray for the persecuted Christians and persecuted Church in world where Paris is an everyday reality. Pray for the persecuted everywhere. Pray for those who are wicked, that they may see His love and reject Satan’s lies.

Proverbs 16:7

When a man’s ways please the LORD, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.

What happened in Paris doesn’t make sense to anyone who loves. It make perfect sense for self-righteousness and anger. Proverbs 16:4 says “The Lord works out everything to its proper end – even the wicked for the day of disaster.”
A God of love mourns more than we do at the loss of life and the hatred shown. How does He allow this to happen? How do WE allow it to happen also needs to be asked because it happens in our backyard too. Hello Chicago. Hello poverty. Hello broken homes. There is violence and hatred all around us and it isn’t God.
The only solution is love and action. One person helping another leads to that person helping another. It’s the mustard seed effect. Have you committed to serve? If yes, you’re a blessing. If not, the time for hand wringing is past. We are called to serve in love, in His love.

Go, love, serve. Overcome evil and hatred with love. Love does make a difference. So does hate. Love in everything you do, like Christ loves us. Let Christ use you to go big. Let Him use you to make a difference with His love.

Mathew Henry’s Concise Commentary on Proverbs 16:5 reads “Though sinners strengthen themselves and one another, they shall not escape God’s judgement.”

The day will come. Until then, we need to actively love like God loves us. Push back the dark with the light of love.

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