Through love and faithfulness sin is atoned for;
through the fear of the LORD a man avoids evil.
I say in anger: You will not truly feel the pain of the despised until you feel your own pain of being despised.
But Abba Father God gently says:
“Forgive, as I forgive you.”
Then I recall: I used to fear the black out of the stereotype in the media. So, how can I be upset with the society fearing the same as I did?
And Abba Father God affirms:
“Love, as I love you.”
I see in my spirit:
Jesus says, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.”
“Woman, where are your accusers? Has no one condemned you?” Jesus’ loving voice asks.
“No one, sir,” I said.
“Then neither do I condemn you,”Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.” (see John 8:7)
God raises me, the poor, from the ash. God lifts me up, the needy, from the pit of hell.
I was an ignorant racist, a foolish sinner and arrogant enemy to God.
But Jesus Christ died on the cross for paying my penalty of sin and absorbing Father God’s wrath on behalf of me, planting the seed of goodness into my heart, dispelling all the sinful bondage, and repelling the lies of the devil.
Thank God for giving me strength to forgive myself and others.
Thank God for giving me His compassion to love.
Therefore, I can forgive the people who hurt me as God forgives me.
Then, I can love God and people as myself.
I am much forgiven so that I love Him more.
Praise Jesus Christ for embracing me, the thorny sinner, so tight to the degree of shedding His blood.
Praise Abba Father God for transforming my anger and hatred to the holy display of His grace and peace.
He who oppresses the poor show contempt for their Maker,
but whoever is kind to the needy honors God.
May God’s mercy and grace come to the racists toward God and may God’s great love transform the sinners to His beloved saints. In Jesus Christ’s name. Amen.