Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say, “I will take revenge; I will pay them back,” says the LORD. Romans 12:19
Prayer: Please change me, O God, so that I may be more like you. Create in me a clean heart so that I may worship you with all of my heart, soul, and mind. Amen.
At a time when the world has come together to support the cessation of racism, we need to focus on spiritual healing. For those who choose to fight the “isms,” we must exercise self-control, and use our higher intellect to produce peaceful yet practical solutions. But be prepared to fight the internal battle of resistance.
It is human nature to respond to threats with our built-in “fight or flight” mechanism. And if we are not careful, the frustration that results from social injustices can catapult us into a mindset of hate and bitterness, which paves the road to revenge and retaliation. What separates the individuals who can participate in a peaceful protest versus the individuals who resort to the vengeful, retaliatory acts of riotous acts?
The confusion is caused by the person’s definition of hatred. We are supposed to hate violence, social injustices, hypocrisy, godlessness, and the evil of the world. What we are not supposed to hate is the “Who.” Those who hate each other based on ethnicity, nationality, religious beliefs, social, and economic status are the silent rioters and looters; their destruction extends well beyond the physical demolition of concrete buildings and stolen merchandise.
Misguided hate destroys the giver much more than meets the eye! Hate annihilates the ability to love unconditionally. Our powerlessness is revealed once the seed of hatred is planted within, and we become shackled by hate’s chains. In fact, blaming others, rationalizing and justifying our wrongdoings are the accelerants that propel hatred into an all-consuming fire, creating an intensity that results in the spontaneous combustion of the flow of hurtful, demeaning words and destructive actions.
We cannot control the hate within others. But we can create change within ourselves. Re-evaluating the reasons why we think the way we do, and the basis for disliking others based on race, religion, gender, sexual preferences, etc., are within our control.
It is wise to think outside of the box when dealing with the “isms.” Do not limit yourself by only focusing on racism. As a nurse, I have witnessed the disparity of the best medical care and health education reserved for those with private insurance coverage as opposed to the uninsured, underinsured, and those who are classified as low-income with Medicaid coverage.
Without love, we are powerless against evil and all of its forces. Hatred is an uncontrollable fire that can only be extinguished by love. Either we face the enemy within ourselves, or we fuel the fire to internal combustion and self-destruction. Despite the circumstances, we must develop peaceful strategies against injustice.
Use social media to spread the benefits of love to combat hate. Channel your energies to promote acceptance of all humanity; even so, refuse to debate.
Before you argue with someone, ask yourself, is this person even mentally mature enough to grasp the concept of a different perspective? Because if not, just save your energy. Dhar Mann
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