This morning, I woke up to see that there was another shooting in Ferguson, MO. My first thought was that it is so hard to believe that something like this could happen so close to home. Or is it really that hard to believe?
We all have sinful natures.
The saying goes like this, “hurt people hurt people”. When we are hurt, whether intentional or not, we tend to hurt those around us. Those that we care for the most, and those that we might not even know. Whether it is physically or with words, these hurts that we have inside will eventually come out.
We all have hurts.
The Brown family is hurting. The Wilson family is hurting. The citizens of Ferguson are hurting. The country is hurting. Everyone no matter your race or gender is hurting.
We live in a fallen world, but that doesn’t mean that we should conform to it.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
– 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
We are called to be comforters of those around us, sharing the same comfort that our sovereign God comforts us with. Think about the people that are around you, and what they might be going through. Chances are you are able to bring them comfort in some way.
Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.
– Ephesians 4:29
Know that what you say can either build up or break down, whether it is a comment only intended your friend, or a 140 characters posted online.
It is my prayer that we all become comforters, and grace each other with words of truth. That by God’s will and at the right time, He fills each of the holes in our hearts. That we love one another, just as we are so loved, pointing everyone to the cross and the saving grace of Jesus Christ.