What’s Wrong with the World?

FAITH BOOSTER:

What’s Wrong with the World?[Oct. 21,2020]

WORD OF FAITH:

Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. 1 Timothy 1:15

Also 1 Timothy 1:12–17(NIV)

There is an oft-heard story that The London Times posed a question to readers at the turn of the twentieth century. What’s wrong with the world?

That’s quite the question, isn’t it? Someone might quickly respond, “Well, how much time do you have for me to tell you?” And that would be fair, as there seems to be so much that’s wrong with our world. As the story goes, The Times received a number of responses, but one in particular has endured in its brief brilliance. The English writer, poet, and philosopher G. K. Chesterton penned this four-word response, a refreshing surprise to the usual passing-of-the-buck: “Dear Sirs, I am.”

Whether the story is factual or not is up for debate. But that response? It’s nothing but true. Long before Chesterton came along, there was an apostle named Paul. Far from a lifelong model citizen, Paul confessed his past shortcomings: “I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man” (v. 13). After naming who Jesus came to save (“sinners”), he goes on to make a very Chesterton-like qualification: “of whom I am the worst” (v. 15). Paul knew exactly what was and is wrong with the world. And he further knew the only hope of making things right—“the grace of our Lord” (v. 14). What an amazing reality! This enduring truth lifts our eyes to the light of Christ’s saving love.  

 QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION:

  • What is wrong with the world?
  • Can you own the answer Paul and Chesterton gave?
  • What is one way you can accept that without sliding into self-hatred?  

PRAYER OF FAITH:

God, thank You for Your immense patience with me, a sinner. To You be honor and glory forever and ever.

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Stronger than Hate

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Stronger than Hate[Oct. 19,2020]

WORD OF FAITH:

Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing. Luke 23:34

Also Luke 23:32–34,44–46(NIV)

Within twenty-four hours of his mother Sharonda’s tragic death, Chris found himself uttering these powerful, grace-filled words: “Love is stronger than hate.” His mother, along with eight others, had been killed at a Wednesday night Bible study in Charleston, South Carolina. What was it that had so shaped this teenager’s life that these words could flow from his lips and his heart? Chris is a believer in Jesus whose mother had “loved everybody with all her heart.”  

In Luke 23:26–49 we get a front row seat to an execution scene that included two criminals and the innocent Jesus (v. 32). All three were crucified (v. 33). Amid the gasps and sighs and the likely groans from those hanging on the crosses, the following words of Jesus could be heard: “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing” (v. 34). The hate-filled initiative of the religious leaders had resulted in the crucifixion of the very One who championed love. Though in agony, Jesus’ love continued to triumph.

How have you or someone you love been the target of hate, ill-will, bitterness, or ugliness? May your pain prompt your prayers, and may the example of Jesus and people like Chris encourage you by the power of the Spirit to choose love over hate.

QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION:

  • When have you found it hard to love someone?
  • Is there someone you find it hard to forgive now?
  • What steps might you take?

PRAYER OF FAITH:

Father, forgive me when I find it hard to forgive others. Help me to demonstrate that love is stronger than hate.

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