I believe in a God who is all powerful good, who doesn’t do evil or know evil. I believe in a God who loves – whose very being IS love. I believe in a God who comforts and strengthens and uplifts so that we can stand together and overcome evil – and reach out and comfort and strengthen and uplift those who need it.
The Apostle Paul says “Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.” (2nd Cor 1:3,4)
I believe this about God. And I believe what Jesus said, when sharing what he knew about God with the world “Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted.” Jesus knew that God is pure good – of “purer eyes than to behold evil” as the prophet Habakkuk said. (Hab 1:13) He knew that this goodness is provable and active. He knew we must refuse to accept evil or act evilly or turn a blind eye to evil. If we were to do that, we would perpetuate the power of evil.
Let us stand together to break the power of evil. Let us, with all our hearts and minds and souls, resist evil and do good. Let us rise above evil and bless and comfort and hold dear all who would do evil or suffer from evil.
Let us be better than evil and prove that evil can be overcome and cast down.
We can. We must.
Let us start by comforting and strengthening and uplifting those who need it.
And let us forgive.
Melissa Hayden is a Christian Science practitioner in Salem, OR. You can find more information and additional articles at this link. If you like what you’re reading, click the “add me” button.