Choosing Unity: True Vs. God’s Truth

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In the light of the inauguration of our newly elected President, I am postponing my New Year Goals post until next week.  Watching our newly elected President come into office, I have seen the rollercoaster of emotions on the news that have been sweeping across our nation.  I’ve watched the protests, the violence and the marches of people yelling “no justice, no peace.”  Animosity is rising to new levels causing division in our united nation.

Our county has been founded upon liberty and justice for all.  Some of us may feel the election of our new president questions the integrity of justice and stability of our nation, causing fear among many because of our nations’ uncertainty.  These concerns may all be true, but they are not the basis of truth.

We will always have a President come into office we like or don’t like.  We will always be a nation that agrees to disagree.  We will always have uncertain circumstances that we don’t know how they will turn out.  The fear of our concerns will be the very thing that causes us to become divided.

Three Feelings that Divide our Nation:   True vs. Truth

1.  Animosity

True-  It’s true many have expressed hurt over comments our President has made.  We will not always like or agree with everything the President has to say.

Truth-  There will always be injustice in the world.  It’s true Donald Trump said hurtful words, but the TRUTH is our identity is in CHRIST not in who Donald Trump says we are (Galatians 3:27-28).

2.  UnForgiveness

True-  Donald Trump apologized for his actions.  Our nation has wounds that run deep.

Truth-  More hate and un-forgiveness in this world will only cause more division, injustice and never get us anywhere.  We may not like those who hurt us, but there is power in forgiveness.  When we forgive like God forgives us there is opportunity for healing and moving forward (Matthew 6:15-15).

3.  Fear

True-   Based on Donald Trump’s statements many are fearful in what actions he will follow through on and the future of our nation.

Truth-  Fear is the very weapon the enemy will use to undermine, cut, kill and destroy our nation.  It’s easy to fear the unknown and hard to trust in the unseen.  If God can send Jesus to die on the cross for our sins and raise Him from the dead after 3 days,  don’t you think God can do the same for our nation?  Donald Trump may be the President, but Jesus is our KING!   Donald Trump can never resurrect our circumstance the way Jesus can.  It doesn’t matter what happens in this world, God has already conquered death and made a plan for us to go to heaven when we accept Him as our LORD and Savior.  Donald Trump is not OUR SAVIOR, Jesus is. This is our temporary home.  We can choose to be held captive by fear or be set free in God’s truth.  When we trust in God’s plan for us, His goodness, His faithfulness, His love, His truth will always set us free. (John 14:6, John 8:32).

It may be True….

There will always be another injustice and hurtful word.

Our President and circumstances will always change.

Our feelings are always subject to change.

There will always be a difficult circumstance and/or person in our lives.

Are we really putting our HOPE and TRUST in what Donald Trump can do with our circumstances or what God can do?

If we wait until there is justice in this world, to THEN respond in peace there would never be peace in the world.  

Truth is…. 

Even in the face of injustice there is peace in God’s truth.

“No Jesus, no peace.  Know Jesus, know peace.”  (Author unknown)

For God is not a God of disorder but of peace–as in all the congregations of the Lord’s people 1 Corinthians 14:33

Our difference of opinions, don’t have to divide us as a nation.  I think we all desire joy, peace and freedom.  We may all have different views in who our President should be and that is okay.  We have a right to our own opinions and emotions, but have to choose how we will respond, based on our emotions or truth?  Only one offers peace.

Is the answer really violence and rage?  I’m not saying don’t stand up for what is right, but challenging us to ask ourselves how will we respond?

We can always count on God’s Truth to carry and sustain us.

God’s truth stands forever and never changes (Isaiah 40:5-8).

And the glory of the LORD will be revealed, and all people will see it together. For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.” 6 A voice says, “Cry out.” And I said, “What shall I cry?” “All people are like grass, and all their faithfulness is like the flowers of the field. 7 The grass withers and the flowers fall, because the breath of the LORD blows on them. Surely the people are grass. 8 The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.”

Instead of allowing our emotions to guide our actions, allow GOD’S TRUTH to guide our actions and responses.  There will always be HOPE and PEACE found in God’s TRUTH.

There is Unity in God’s Truth and Love For Us.

We don’t have to agree or even like our circumstances to choose unity and peace.  Even in the worst of circumstances and devastated emotions, we can find comfort and refuge in God’s truth.  Life goes way beyond our own emotions.  God’s truth is eternal and cannot ever be destroyed.  There is power in forgiveness and unity, which offers a path to hope and healing.

“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.” 2 Corinthians 4:16

Do you desire Unity, Joy, Peace and Freedom?

How do you respond in the face of adversity?

I would love to hear from you!  Please leave your comments below.  Praying God’s truth over our nation.  Have a peaceful week.

In Him,

Heather

 

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About Heather Gillis

Heather received her master’s degree in Nurse Anesthesia at Villanova University. She works full time as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist at a surgery center in Alaska. She is author of “Waiting for Heaven: Finding Beauty in the Pain and the Struggle,” and a contributor for “Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Joy of Less.” She also writes weekly Christian devotionals on her blog www.heathergillis.com. Heather and her husband Mac, reside in Alaska with their two living children. When she is not working, writing, or taking care of the house, you can find Heather running the trails, reading, taking the kids to gymnastics and choir, crafting with her daughter, building legos with their son, camping with her family, spending time with friends or volunteering wherever God takes her! To read her blog, learn more about Heather and her ministry visit www.heathergillis.com.

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