Scripture Sunday | John 15:19
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It feels as though almost every day we wake up, turn on the news, and see another tragic incident unfold before our eyes. From shootings to terrorist attacks, we live in a very broken world. Christians can take heart in the fact that while we may temporarily live in this world, it is not our home. We as Christians know that our home is eternity with Christ and that the temporary afflictions of this world are not our forever conditions.
The Bible tells us exactly this in John 15:19. The verse reads, “If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.”
The above verse also tells us to not lose hope in the fact that Jesus has chosen for His children to live with Him forever. We are set apart from earthly trials and guaranteed a future among our Creator. That alone is better than any breaking news we could hear.
This is not to say we should lose interest in current events or stop caring about tragedies. Rather, the verse gives us a new outlook on how we respond to current events. How often do we find ourselves feeling despaired and disheartened after an alert pops up on our phone to inform us of the latest tragedy? How often do we forget that Jesus, Who humbled Himself to become human, dealt with the same pain and grief we now feel? The only difference between our suffering and His suffering is that He has promised to take away our burdens and give us a forever home- one where suffering is nonexistent. Perhaps instead of losing heart the next time we hear of a tragedy, we can remember not only the One who is in control, but the One Who has promised to set us aside and deliver us from earthly suffering.
If you find yourself feeling tired of the day to day tragedies in this broken world, take heart in the fact that suffering is temporary, but your home and peace with Christ is eternal.
Alana is an aspiring political activist and pundit who loves Jesus, America, and conservatism. When she's not ranting about politics, you can find her watching Fox News, reading, or listening to Taylor Swift.