Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. -Martin Luther King
When I look at the skyline of our times I find myself looking for stars and longing to see more. I hear many people describing darkness but wonder who will provide light for the path that leads to hope. I see many people establishing the validity of their perspective but I wonder who will take up the work to build a bridge that spans the gap.
Such a bridge is only built by love (1 Corinthians 8:1-2). And I think love is one of the most difficult tasks to be done in the church. The quote above is from King’s book, Strength to Love. It is not easy for us to love one another. Actually, it’s impossible in our own strength. We are only able to love one another because we have first been loved by Jesus (John 13:34-35; Luke 7:47).
My primary prayer for the people of Gallery Church Sowebo is that we would grow in our love for one another. This is a work that we are not naturally inclined to accomplish. The church in Thessalonica was taught by God to love each other and we also need to be taught (1 Thessalonians 4:9). I believe it is only by the work of God that a group of people can love each other beyond their different backgrounds, unique cultures, varying levels of education and numerous levels of income. This is only possible because all the differences are surpassed by the common love of Jesus Christ.
I pray to see such profound love in the church of Baltimore. And I pray that this love would compel us to be radiant stars in the midst of great darkness (2 Corinthians 5:14).
Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers a multitude of sins. -1 Peter 4:8