Thursday, July 23rd, 2020
We’ve all always had opinions on what is going on in our nation, but unlike generations before, we have online outlets to publish those opinions and debate others. While discourse is not a bad thing, when we approach it with the idea that what we believe is 100% correct and righteous, we can’t avoid arguments that turn bitter and sometimes, hateful. Add the fact that our posts can get likes and shares and our opinions of ourselves can’t help but be inflated. The world today seems more pessimistic than in past years as many are left wondering if the future will indeed be better than the past. This deep-rooted pessimism, coupled with rampant self-aggrandizement online, is not leading to the kind of lives that God calls us to live nor what Jesus gave his life to give. The Apostle Paul was a prolific writer in his day and used his medium (letter writing) to offer hope, instruction, understanding, and encouragement to his recipients. But Paul wrote with humility at all times, even when correcting the bad behavior of others that he knew was wrong. In the beginning of his first letter to Timothy, he says, ”Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost.” Though we all are sinners, we have hope in Jesus and with humility, we can experience the joys that life can bring. In the end, hope with humility in Jesus will defeat pessism with self-aggrandizement. Today, remember that we all sinned but all are worthy of forgiveness; take hope in the fact that Jesus has overcome the world.
“The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost.” – 1 Timothy 1: 15 ESV