From Ben – 28 April 2019

Sadly, once again we are faced with the immense sadness of violence and death that has rained down on the innocent in a religious setting. As you will know 321 people have been killed in Sri Lanka, many of them while in worship at Easter Sunday with 500 recovering from wounds. Having just gone through the Christchurch massacre, we as nation, can identify with the people of Sri Lanka and join with others in praying for them in their huge loss.

It is this type of senseless crime against the innocent which reminds us how evil the human heart can be and how low some will stoop to achieve their ends. It is not for us to retaliate, but to pray and ask God to act in justice, grace and mercy. Let us fervently pray that this would not be a catalyst for retaliation and retribution. As hard as it may be, we are called to be people of peace who leave in God’s hand judgment and vengeance.

Romans 12:17-19  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.

It is this type of atrocity which makes me realise once again that our whole world system would be unjust and unfair if there was no a day of judgment where the righteous will be rewarded and the ungodly punished. The justice and mercy of God calls for a day of reckoning and a day of rewards

Rom 2:6    God will repay each person according to what they have done.

Let us show grace and hope in the days we live. Is this not what it is to be the light of the world? It shines best in the darkness.

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