The last month has been exhausting! I am glad to see November 8th come and go. I have never witnessed the extreme negativity and bantering that occurred between candidates and those that supported them (and that includes those of us who call ourselves Christians). Unfortunately, all mankind is flawed – we all bear the marks of sin in our lives. It is easy to look at others and judge, not so easy to look at ourselves. Romans 12:23 tells us to “be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” I am hopeful that our President elect will surround himself with qualified men and women who will give him sound advice. I will try and be patient and give him a chance to lead. As scriptures requires of us, I will be praying for him and that he make sound decisions. But above all I rely upon our God that His will be done for this great nation in which we live. God Bless America!
In his first letter to the Thessalonians, Saint Paul tells those new believers, “For this is the will of God, your sanctification; that is, that you abstain from sexual immorality,” and then goes on to instruct them on why and how to behave with their bodies. The next topic he covers is brotherly love: “As for love of the brethren, you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another.” Evidently love was easy and natural for them, but sexual morality wasn’t. Maybe this isn’t news to you, but I find it an important reminder: In some areas God changes a person from the inside out the moment they convert to faith in Jesus, and in other areas a person needs teaching, discipline, and deliberate obedience. Let’s rejoice in the ways God has transformed us, let’s be patient with our brothers and sisters in their imperfections, and let’s be sensitive to notice our own attitudes and behaviors that are in need of change.