…maintaining faithful love to a thousand generations, forgiving wrongdoing, rebellion, and sin. But He will not leave the guilty unpunished, bringing the consequences of the fathers’ wrongdoing on the children and grandchildren to the third and fourth generation.
Exodus 34:7 HCSB
I ask for forgiveness for all the inconsiderate, unloving, and harmful things that I have done and said. I pray for those who speak and act out of ignorance and fear. I pray for those who don’t realize that what they say and/or do is harmful to others. I pray for those who feel entitled to live by their own rules, regardless of how it impacts others. I pray for those with an elitist mentality. I pray for those who discriminate, hate, abuse, misuse, deceive, and take advantage of others. I pray for those who say that they won’t change, because they are who they are and they won’t change for anyone. I pray for those who use Your name and the name of Jesus to justify the ugly things that they do and say.
Father touch all of our hearts and minds that we might discern darkness from light, truth from lies, love from obsession, love from hate, and the ugliness that comes from racism, bigotry, and discrimination. Let us see clearly those with forked tongues, two-faces, and double-minds, so that we can do our part to help pray for them, re-direct them or steer clear and leave them to You. Father protect us from ourselves.
These things I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
We have read and heard modern-day stories of people who have been raised, reared, and nurtured to think and behave as though they are entitled to do and say whatever they want. We have seen people who feel entitled to abuse their title and role. We have seen people who justify in their minds why they beat, tortured, stabbed, raped, molested, robbed, murdered or shot (not in true self-defense) another person. We have even seen people who were first the aggressors and agitators, but later claimed self-defense for their negative and fatal actions.
We have watched crocodile tears of people who claim to be remorseful for wrongdoings, but never actually repent and ask for forgiveness for the thing(s) they are being accused of—instead they narcissistically focus on how an event has negatively impacted them and their loved ones. We have seen examples of people who want to make excuses or blame others for the ignorant things they have done or said. We have seen where people want to use their age or where they live (or grew up) as an excuse for not being sensitive and respectful to other human beings. We have also seen countless examples of people speaking God and Jesus’ name in the same sentence in which they lie, spread hate, and promote the enemy’s agenda.
When someone is being unloving you do not rally around them to sweep what they have done or said under the rug. You are to rally around them and encourage them to do the right thing, and to make right the wrong they have done. You encourage them to stop thinking and reacting for “self”, and to start embracing God’s Light. When they don’t, you are to pray for them and those that they will encounter, and then refuse to promote, reinforce, and support their negative thinking—-and finally, leave the rest up to God.
We are not to be the riot crowd, or crazed zealots, chasing down and aggressively forcing people to conform to our beliefs, just like we aren’t supposed to sit around passively acting as though there is not a battle taking place. The person yelling, “you’re going to hell…” is just as dangerous and ignorant as the one sitting back doing absolutely nothing to help this world be a better, more loving, and more accepting place. The person yelling, “you’re going to hell…” is just as dangerous and ignorant as the racist who makes clear their thoughts and feelings about people of other races not their own.
I will always speak up and speak out when I see hate, ignorance, and/or deception spewing from an individual or an organization.
What you see in the world today should make you want to do your part to help remove blinders from people’s eyes, and help them to love others as Jesus loves us, unless of course you have no intention of being a soldier for Christ. Just a thought.
Loving you always,
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