Tuesday, June 18, 2019

“He Makes His Sun on the Bad and the Good” by Melanie Rigney (@melanierigney)

“He Makes His Sun on the Bad and the Good” by Melanie Rigney (@melanierigney)

I say this not by way of command, but to test the genuineness of your love by your concern for others. For you know the gracious act of our Lord Jesus Christ, that for your sake he became poor although he was rich, so that by his poverty you might become rich. (2 Corinthians 8:8-9)

Praise the Lord, my soul! (Psalm 146:1b)

“But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father, for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good, and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust.” (Matthew 5:44-45)

Lord, thank You for being merciful, not fair.

It’s not fair.

It’s not fair that a wonderful family member who prays, serves, and tithes gets cancer, and the awful person who just got sent off to prison for sexual abuse is healthy as a horse are loved equally by God.

It’s not fair that the evilest political leader in the world (select a name) and Malala Yousafzai, the youngest ever Nobel Prize laureate for her advocacy of female education in Pakistan, are loved equally by God.

It’s not fair that people like Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, and the Koch brothers, and that the woman who quit her lucrative Beltway bandit job to work for the Church are loved equally by God.

But they are.

Sure, actions have consequences, if not here, then when we face the Lord after death. But He delights and hopes for our hearts to be unhardened and open to His love and mercy. His hope for us springs eternal. May we open ourselves to accepting that hope… and believe that with His love, the very worst among us may be redeemed.

Write down two nice things you can say about the person on earth, whether you know him or her personally or not. If you can’t think of any, write down what God might say.

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