When we turn on the TV, radio, pick up a paper, or log onto the internet these days it seems like we are almost immediately cofronted with horrific violence. Most recently in Nice, France where 84 people were murdered when an evil monster drove a huge truck through a packed crowd of Bastille Day revelers.
Children and adults alike were crushed – and for the sake of what? It’s enough to cause depression and waves of sadness and despair to wash over even the most happy, upbeat, and faithful people.
As a Christian, I rely on prayer and turn to the Bible for peace, comfort and to try and make sense of what’s going on in a crazy, mixed up, and downright scary world. This morning I read Romans 12:21 and have been thinking about it since.
“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”
In this passage, the greek word for “good” is ἀγαθῷ, which can also mean respect and kindness which, I think, is incredibly important, especially at a time when many of us have reached the end of our patience.
So from now on, in addition to praying earnestly for those affected by horrific violence and tragedy, I will fully commit to being respectful of all, whoever they are, and to being kind to as many people as I can.
“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
– Matthew 5:16