Devoted to One Another

Read:

Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. — Romans 12:10 NIV

Reflect:

It’s been a few days since the American people voted for a President-elect. I probably don’t have to tell you it’s been a tumultuous election cycle. The part that has been difficult to stomach is the negativity, pessimism and straight up hatred I’ve seen spewed among us. And that’s not even folks who don’t know Jesus. I’ve found myself tempted to judge others based on election choices. I’ve had to confess the bitterness hidden in my heart witnessing those professing Christ as Lord make assumptions that a vote means someone is for demeaning marginalized people groups. I’ve been stunned into silence as despair fills my newsfeed.

Dear One, you, me, all of us have to understand a people group is made up of, well, people. The very same hearts God loved so much He sent His Son to die for. The ones Jesus obediently went to the cross for. It seems like the most vocal of us have forgotten that the people voting differently than we did are no less image-bearers of God. Jesus’ redemptive work on the cross defines who we are, not a decision on a ballot. Let’s be devoted to one another, no matter how we voted.

Pray:

Father, lead me to reflect Your love to those around me who are both elated and devastated over the current election results. I love You so much! Amen.

Your turn:

Thank Him for being sovereign over all things, including election results.

Who can you walk alongside today who might be struggling or is thrilled with the way the American government was reshaped this week?