Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The Power of Love Over Hate

Considering the notoriously offensive behavior of Westboro Baptist Church, I found this response to Westboro inspiring. Here's the story...
"The Westboro Baptist Church sent their forces to protest a Lorde concert in Kansas City, but opponents met them with a new tactic: killing them with kindness.

From the opposite side of the street, the rival protesters sent their condolences to the followers of Fred Phelps, the longtime pastor of the Church who died on Wednesday of natural causes.

Megan Coleman helped make the sign for the Friday night protest with the simple words: 'Sorry for your loss.'"


While you can read the rest of the story here, stop and ponder the power of love over hate.

Stop and ponder the example Jesus gave us.

14Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.
17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. 18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 On the contrary:
“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
    if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”
21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Stop and ponder what living Romans 12:14-21 might look like for you today.


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