Good Morning! The words hate and hatred may have been watered down by the modern day loose terms, haters or hating. I’m not implying that we’ve forgotten what hate means, however, I am saying that we don’t always remember that there are people in the world who have hatred embedded in them. Two days ago an awful tragedy struck Charleston, South Carolina’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church where a named suspect struck nine individuals during their Wednesday night Bible Study.

The hatred in this crime is mind boggling and extremely hurtful to people of all races and religions. And whereas, the logical thing to do is shed light on anything that relates to the suspect or past events, the truth is allowing our hurt to fester into anger will not wipe away the awful event of that shooting.

So what do we do when someone displays hatred that harms the lives of others? We pray. Even when we don’t understand people, we must seek God to understand that He has a plan for each of us. Often times tragedy, as unfortunate as it is, brings about changed hearts…it also has a way of bringing people closer to Jesus. And whereas, this doesn’t minimize the feeling of hurt we experience knowing that innocent people lost their lives in an awful act of hatred, we must reference God’s word for healing.

Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses. Proverbs 10:12

The hate that was embedded in the suspect does not over shadow God’s love. In the midst of the tragic chain of events God’s love is shining through His people. The support that is being lent to the community and His house is an example of the love covering this offense.

I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33

It is impossible to find peace in the world, but in God it is possible. Tribulation caused in the world is even more reason to trust in God. Our unwavering faith in Him to bring about peace in this situation will prove true as it has from the 1963 church bombing in Selma, Alabama to the countless hate crimes across the world. We must remember that God will prevail.

Unfortunately, we have no responsibility in the hatred that is embedded in others. Our responsibility is to love all of God’s children and praise Him even in the midst of a storm. Seeking God through tragedy allows those who don’t believe to see what true love through Christ looks like. Prayer is powerful and love conquers all.

From my inspirational corner to yours, have a blessed Friday and #PrayforCharleston.

-Lyssa

Remember when someone is referring to YOU that makes you HER. So make it important for HER to be GREAT because SHE is EVERYTHING