This Only Gets Better One Heart At A Time

A Dallas Area Rapid Transit police officer receives comfort at the Baylor University Hospital emergency room entrance Thursday, July 7, 2016, in Dallas. Police say one rapid-transit officer has been killed and three injured when gunfire erupted during a protest in downtown Dallas over recent fatal shootings by police in Louisiana and Minnesota. (Ting Shen/The Dallas Morning News via AP)

If you weren’t already grieving from the events of the week, now is the time. Young black men have been killed. Police have been killed. Violence produces hurt which multiplies the anger and propels the cycle into increased violence.

It will only get worse and it get’s worse for “them” as much as it does “us” if we don’t step up to stop it no matter who the “them” and the “us” is. The progression of hurt, anger and hurting will eat up each and every person that can’t or won’t step out of its swirl. It will control your thoughts, emotions and behaviors to the point that you will feel completely validated in terrible choices right up to the point of your own demise.

There is a progressive nature of the cycle of hurt and anger that has been in play since it was described in Genesis 3. God told Cain to, “be careful,” because sin wants to control you but you have to master it. Cain didn’t, he killed his brother and he and his generations were cursed with the consequences of progressive destruction.

Things are getting worse, not better. Society is in a progressive tailspin on several fronts and it was acute in Dallas last night. It’s time for the church to make a difference and the difference that the church makes is one heart at a time.

Anger is a secondary emotion driven by hurt and/or fear. The violence is driven by hurt and/or fear. Hurt and/or fear has to be healed and subdued to defuse the anger. Forgiveness is what heals hurt and security is what subdues fear.

That’s pretty easy if you have a family quarrel at the Christmas party, not so much when it is ingrained in society for centuries. Only Jesus can heal that kind of hurt and build that kind of trust from such a faulty history of experience. One by one, changed by the grace of Jesus and the love of the Father, it can get better.

If you know Him, ask Him to search your heart. Are you afraid or hurt? If so, ask Him to heal your heart. When He does, be an agent of healing and multiply His grace and love.

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