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I hate Satan. I hate what he entices people to do in this world with is lies and deceit. I cannot wait until he is crushed forever beneath the heel of the glorified Lord. It cannot happen soon enough.
Last week I learned that a good friend and co-worker in Africa was deeply affected by the recent massacre that took place at the college in Kenya. This person had worked with those students on many occasions. So, when I heard that 22 of those this person had worked with were shot and killed in that terrorist event, I was stunned. Then, more recently, I heard from another co-worker and friend that their niece was in the attack and was “missing”…and they feared the worst. This morning I received an email that said their worst fears had been confirmed: her remains had been identified by fingerprint. You see, the terrorists had shot her (and others) in such a way that their faces were destroyed. I cannot imagine the grief and pain. I cannot imagine the anger and the desire for revenge. And while I know that God hates what happened, I also know that Jesus said:
God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers…Mt. 5:11 (NLT)
But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!  In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike. Mt. 5:44 (NLT)
How are we to do that, Lord? How is that humanly possible? Perhaps it isn’t. Perhaps it is only the indwelling Spirit that can enable humans to live up to Jesus’ statements.
I know that I should pray for the conversion of those who have done this. But, right now, I can’t. All I want to think of right now is that God also said: Vengeance is Mine, I shall repay… And I find comfort in that, even as I know that I deserve nothing more from God than do these brutal murderers…apart from His grace.
Will you pray for my friends? And for Christ’s return? Thank you.
PRAYER: Father, be with my friends and give them the comfort that only comes from You, and protect them, I pray, In Jesus’ name, Amen.
© 2015, Galen C. Dalrymple.
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