"And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. Matthew 24:12
There is much happening in current events concerning injustice, and the world is responding mostly with peaceful protests. But some are taking advantage of the situation and operating in lawlessness.
Maybe you aren't rioting or looting but have spewed your opinions verbally or in social media, or you have pointed fingers in judgment at those YOU FEEL are the problem.
You may FEEL justified in your speech and actions but take heed.
"The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; Who can know it? I, the LORD, search the heart, I test the mind, even to give every man according to his ways, According to the fruit of his doings. Jeremiah 17:9-10
Out of the heart, the mouth speaks.
"A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment." Matthew 12:35-36
"Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit." Proverbs 18:21
"Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap." Galatians 6:7
Lawlessness in ANY form is the lust of the flesh, and the root is pride and greed.
"For all that is in the world--the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life--is not of the Father but is of the world. "1 John 2:16
"What is causing the quarrels and fights among you? Don't they come from the evil desires at war within you? You want what you don't have, so you scheme and kill to get it. You are jealous of what others have, but you can't get it, so you fight and wage war to take it away from them." James 4:1-2
Respond with the Fruits of the Spirit
A brother in the Lord often says we need to apply the fruit to the root of the problem. All of mankind belongs to God. They are all his children whether they know it or not.
"I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh." Galatians 5:16
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law." Galatians 5:22
Seek God for changed hearts in yourself and others
Every religion in the world, and the world itself, has a form of the saying in Matthew 7:12. If we all would remember this simple exhortation and practice it, the world would be a much better place. Pay attention to what you say and share in social media. Does it apply the fruit to the root?
DO UNTO OTHERS AS YOU WOULD HAVE THEM DO UNTO YOU.
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