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Love and hate, together - Ecclesiastes 3:1;8

May 2, 2011
Ecclesiastes 3:1 Everything has its own time, and there is a specific time for every activity under heaven: 8 a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.

The speech that rocked the world last night has been in my heart and mind since I sat at the edge of my chair waiting to hear it. There’s a surreal feel to it all, how can we celebrate cruelty just after we celebrated a royal wedding: love and hate? Someone said that there will be ‘one more evil person rotting in hell.’ If that was the case, what hope would we all have? What could King David base his hope on since he not only took a man’s wife, but he had the man killed and then married the man’s widow. That’s low to go, but obviously redeemable in God’s eyes.

Honestly, I don’t know the answers, but I do know this: There is a compassionate God who is waiting to take his sinful creations into his arms and to let them know that they are loved unconditionally regardless of what they've done. We experience unconditional forgiveness when we turn around our thinking. It’s never easy to do things God’s way. Yet if he can forgive us, can we forgive others? Check in with God before you cast judgment. After all, some battles are for God and thankfully, he’s always the judge.

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