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Lately, violence has filled the news cycle.  It’s heartbreaking.  Regardless of who dies, the color of their skin, their gender, their religion, their age, no one should fear for their lives.  Why has the world become so violent?

I don’t think that it’s a recent development, I do think that it’s increased…or maybe that we’ve become more aware of it thanks to social media.  The problem stems, in my opinion, from a lack of love.

It’s our fault.  Those of us who know the truth that God is love (1 John 4:8), but don’t spread that truth.  Those of us who know that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6), but don’t spread that love.  It’s our responsibility to go out into the world and make disciples of all nations (Matt 28:19-20).

How do we do that?  Through our actions.  Through our words.

Too often, I think, I speak with truth without love.  I don’t build up that relationship so that someone feels comfortable when I say, “That’s hurting you, I think you should stop.”  Too often, the message of love gets diluted by those who seek only to spread the truth.

Too often, I think, I speak with love without truth.  I resist saying anything so I don’t offend someone or hurt their feelings because of a relationship I’ve invested in.  I don’t want to see them pull away.  Too often, the message of truth gets diluted by those who seek to spread only love.

The Good News is a message filled, brimming and bursting at the seams, with both truth and love.  Whenever we take out part we forget that we first heard the message with both.  When we speak only in part, others only know in part.  When our actions only reflect truth or only reflect love, we are denying an aspect of God and His Gospel.

The truth of God and the love of God are the greatest gift we can ever receive, yet we, in our ineptitude, pollute it and try to make it better so its easier for someone to swallow.

As we mourn death (of black men gunned down, of cops gunned down, of unborn children, of whomever), we must should turn our faces to the Creator and seek His wisdom.  In the face of disaster and devastation, we must continue to show love to all.  Regardless of their sins or their reactions.

We must persist in showing love first and guiding people to the truth through our relationships with them.  We must stop letting those who say they are Christian by deny God with their lifestyles be our voice, be our representation, be our visible presence in the world.

We are more.  We are better.

We must stop letting our pasts hold us back.  Our mistakes haunt us and taunt us.  We let ourselves off the hook because we’re not perfect, because we’ve failed before.  God doesn’t call us because we are perfect, He wants to use us in our imperfections.  We have let politics draw sides.  We have let ourselves be silenced by fear or rejection.  We’ve convinced ourselves that someone else will do it.  We’ve disguised ourselves.

The world craves love.  It needs truth.  Share it.