Holiness of Heart and of Life
Pastor Greg Leslie,
Motley United Methodist Church, Staples United Methodist Church
I am writing this just after hearing about the horrific shooting in Las Vegas. I want to say that my prayers and my heart goes out to each one of the victims and their families. May the peace of Jesus Christ and the presence of the Holy Spirit help you with your healing.
After something like this happens I tend to go straight to prayer and then begin reading my Bible. It is not to search for answers but to help me find the strength needed to continue in prayer. While reading I came across this box in the lower left-hand corner. Here is what it said.
“Strength in Christ”
“True strength begins with the knowledge that all we are comes as a result of our relationship with Jesus Christ. Our relationship with Christ yields spiritual fruit: kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control, humility and authenticity. These gifts strengthen our hearts and the hearts of our communities. They enable us to do God’s work and they empower us to endure hardship and sorrow.
The strength that Jesus gives in these gifts make us supple and unbreakable, not brittle or unyielding” (Wesley Study Bible, CEB).
When we hear of tragedy, like the shooting, what is your first response? Do your spiritual fruits yield the proper outcome, or do we become brittle because it is happening again?
During this time, we should not run away from what is placed before us. Why? Because we should pray for the hearts of the people who are hurt. It is hurt that makes people turn away and run from the one thing that holds us all together. We are all God’s children, I can never say that enough.
Paul in 1 Corinthians 1:25 writes, “This is because the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.”
Let us come together as a community and pray for all of God’s Children.