If you pay close attention to what is currently going on in society; you may notice much that is different than in previous generations. Instead of moving forward in love and forgiveness; our society appears to be disintegrating at a higher rate. Until we understand that our individual and collective level of forgiveness impacts future generations we are all doomed to repeat it.
In the recent situation of the OU fraternity boys singing racists songs; outcry is yet again the theme song. Is it right for people to behave in a way that diminishes anyone? Of course not! People everywhere have opinions and none can escape this. Whether someone is or is not a racist; is not a crime. It really isn’t. What it also isn’t is cancer. Nope. It is not cancer. It is a heart condition. Simple as that. And when we get this we can start moving forward to the ‘real’ issue.
See; the kids on the bus said they were singing a song they were taught. Sad; but true. It was taught somewhere. So it begs the question; what have you been taught? Taught to love all? Or taught to love those like you? Taught to hate? We all have been taught something in our lives and until we truly look in the mirror and see ourselves and focus on what it is we have been taught- we won’t know exactly what it is we are teaching our children who will be teaching their children and their children’s children.
And so in society; we have a media who just loves stories that propagate all the hate, riots, slander; and unforgiveness because that is obviously what sells. If it didn’t they wouldn’t exist. But it is just blame the media? Of course not. You can turn off your television and live another way! You my dear friend and reader; have the power. You do! When you recognize this you can be the change. Until you do though; you can’t be.
Our future generations are in need. They are in need of being taught that love and forgiveness is the way of life. Jesus died on the cross and as He was He said, ‘Forgive them Father for they know not what they do’ and how sad that we are still proving today that we don’t have a clue. How sad that we have young kids who in all their ignorance sing songs about people based upon color. And then how sad is it that those same kids and their families get death threats because of it. Those with a heart condition need love not hate and death threats! And until we see that we need to clean our own hearts individually and collectively; how can we help those who are going to need it to raise up their own future generations?
The Word tells us in 2Tim 3: “But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4 treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.
6 They are the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over gullible women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires,7 always learning but never able to come to a knowledge of the truth. 8 Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so also these teachers oppose the truth. They are men of depraved minds, who, as far as the faith is concerned, are rejected.9 But they will not get very far because, as in the case of those men, their folly will be clear to everyone.
There is no getting around God. There is no living one way while proclaiming another because what is in the heart comes out the mouth so it reads in Proverbs. What lies of people were you taught growing up that have distorted your thinking? What lies do you need to rebuke to walk in love and forgiveness? What heart condition do you need free from to live your life freely loving as Jesus did? Find out today and make the changes. It won’t even cost you a co-pay. It’s a simple time of self-reflection and adjustment to ensure that what you are doing is for the good of those who are watching, needing and following you. You have a responsibility to others and more to yourself. Don’t allow your level of unforgiveness to be what others are living out; because as we can see with the kids on the bus from OU; that is what they have done.
For more about forgiveness watch ‘Living in Forgiveness’ on Saturdays at 2/3pmST. For previous episodes watch here: http://uanetwork.tv/uanon-demand/living-forgiveness-julie-blair/