Locus+ April 26, 2021

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“9 Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates a brother or sister is still in the darkness. 10 Anyone who loves their brother and sister lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble. 11 But anyone who hates a brother or sister is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness. They do not know where they are going, because the darkness has blinded them.” 1 John 2: 9-11

“But woe to you Pharisees! For you tithe mint and rue and every herb, and neglect justice and the love of God. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others.” Luke 11:42

These verses are not easy to process.  They speak of heart matters.  We talk about this in church.  But…I haven’t seen many situations where people do much more than talk about it. I have seen some, but not many.

We hear the words “justice” and “love” tossed around a great deal in our society.  But…do our words of Justice come without hate?  Do our words of love mirror God’s love?  Or…are we more like the Pharisees?  Hypocritical.  Pious.  Ready to throw a stone at the first sign of sin.  

Yes, there are times we should participate.  There are things that are within our control.  Show love, mercy, and justice to those around us.  Teach love, mercy, and justice to our children and their friends.  We should focus on our immediate circle of contacts and let the national issues take care of themselves, at least initially. If we focus on those around us and practice love and mercy and justice, then God will direct us on how to interact on the national stage.

Remember, focus on your “locus of control”. 

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