“I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, entreat you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing forbearance to one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace (Ephesians 4:1-3).
In past years and until date, we have witnessed unprecedented attacks and uprisings in our nation. Communities in several states have not been peaceful because of unfortunate killings, aggravated assaults, robberies etc. Some causes of these incidents ranges from racism, human rights violation, hatred, anger, frustrations, mental illness etc.
While we cannot ignore these things, we must not allow these issues to tear us apart, nor allow our differences to separate us. We must resist the temptation that these incidents pose to define us by. It is not who we are. It is not who should be forced to become.
Paul’s letter to believers in Ephesus reminds us of who are and should aim to be. We are people of God with a divine call to love one another as Christ loves us. According to Ephesians 4:1-3, Apostle Paul entreats us to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which we have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing forbearance to one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
One of the effects of climate changes on humanity is that it causes people to migrate in search of a better, comfortable and safer environment. We have seen many growing communities battle with the demands of these growths. It might interest you to know that what we see is not peculiar to this society alone. It is universal, and these global unrests existed prior to this Covid-19 pandemic.
Increased criminal acts continue to suck out the peaceful air from many families. They could hardly breathe in fresh air without a stench of one death or the other. Parading streets and highways are the wailing cries of hurting parents, and angry sympathizers. The peace they knew no longer exists. Their hearts severely damaged. They hurt and are in pain that no amount of protests can take away. They only soothe the injury and not heal it.
I believe God can heal our broken hearts through our communal efforts to change and deny the urge to do evil. We must not allow evildoers to win our righteous judgements, and compassionate hearts. Their evil acts should not define us.
Let us remember Paul’s admonition to us – remember who you are first. A loving God out of love has created us. He created us to love, and to love one another. The absence of love causes hate crimes, and fear. We need love back in our hearts, homes, churches, mosques, synagogues, businesses, cities, governments, nations and world.
I plead with you to please, let us love ❤️ again! 🙏
God bless 🙏
Rev James Adeyeye
Senior Pastor, Revival Worship Center
116 E. Broadway, Kennedale, TX 76060
Tel #: 817-572-1127