Scripture: Psalm 33:5 The Lord loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love.
Devotional: Knowing God means knowing His character, and this passage demonstrates God’s heart for righteousness and justice. Love is what fuels righteousness and justice. And when we lack love, unrighteousness and injustice is sure to follow.
The stories and images that we’ve repeatedly seen over the past several weeks show us all too well what can happen without love. It’s sickening to view outright hatred. But the reality is, most people don’t set out to live their lives with hatred – it’s a slippery slope that eventually lands an individual into a very dark place.
Racism can be viewed as an absence of love. It’s an inability to see another human being as just that – a person created in the image of God and loved deeply by Him. As followers of Jesus, we are called to love all people, and have been given the ministry of reconciling all to God through Christ’s sacrifice on our behalf. That’s what love does. And when we’re about the business of love, it’s hard to hate your brother.
- Take some time to examine your innermost thoughts. Are there areas where you cease to see a person or group of persons’ humanity and begin to view them in a negative light? Be honest with yourself about those attitudes where you may lack love and confess that before God.