A SEPTEMBER 11 DEVOTIONAL

11 Sep

“For we know in part, and we prophesy in part, but when what is perfect comes, the partial will be set aside. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. But when I became an adult, I set aside childish ways. For now we see in a mirror indirectly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know in part, but then I will know fully, just as I have been fully known. And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.” (I Corinthians 13:9-13)

Everyone can remember where they were when they heard our nation was under attack.  They can remember the footage of the planes flying into those towers. We remember the shock, the confusion, the intense feeling of vulnerability, and the anger. All of a sudden, terrorism was at our front door.  Our nation was changed forever.

In this scripture, Paul is encouraging us to be steadfast in our faith.  Anytime we are faced with difficulty, it is real easy to lose sight of the goodness of God. We are surrounded by suffering and so much sin that we can often feel overwhelmed. But God’s goodness and grace is present even in the darkest times. And he is always in control, even when, especially when, everything else seems so out of control.

Because of this, we know that there is hope. Through the sacrifice of Christ on the Cross, our joy can be healed and restored. He is the provider of true peace. When we embrace the Cross, we can rise above the confusion and see clearly God’s plan. We are given hope for the future. No more tears. No more pain.

Paul closes by saying that the greatest of these is love. We gain such freedom when we love those around us. We love in prayer those who are hurting and alone.  If we do not open our hearts and attempt to love  even our enemy, we allow bitterness and hatred to take over. Love trumps Satan everytime.

A  9/11 remains a difficult day for countless families and friends who have lost a loved one. Please take a moment to pray for them. Also remember to pray for our enemies.

 

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