March 3, 2017 by genelup
Pres. Trump and Pres. Obama have this in common: both are highly principled in their beliefs and neither will back down. They will push their agendas as far as they can — to the hilt. Pressure from the other political party won’t faze them. They have thick skin.
Think of it this way. What if Pres. Trump just concluded his eight years in the Oval Office, and Obama recently was elected United States president. Obama would do what Trump is doing — undoing what his predecessor had accomplished by executive orders and successful congressional proposals. It is a vicious and unending circle.
But I realize what these presidents have done or are doing is not as important to me now as the peculating hatred that is growing stronger in this country the last eight plus years. This mainly comes from the rise of social media, and the biases of the mass media, talking heads on television networks, and, especially, from our elected politicians.
Last night I couldn’t sleep. So, at 4:30 a.m., I decided to read something in hopes to fall asleep. The nearest book to my bed was The Living Bible. It is not a translation of the Bible, but a paraphrase. Evangelist Billy Graham gave me a copy of The Living Bible after I covered his rally in Phoenix many years ago for my newspaper. If it is good enough for Billy Graham, it is good enough for me.
At random I flipped through the Bible and ended at I Corinthians 12 and13 — the latter the “love” chapter. Apostle Paul said Christians should seek the gifts of the Spirit. Many of them included being preachers, teachers, those who do miracles, healers, those who help others, those who can get others to work together, and those who speak unknown languages.
“Even if I had the gift of faith so that I could speak to a mountain and make it move, I would still be worth nothing at all without love.”
Then I read: “(Love) does not hold grudges and will hardly even notice when others do it wrong.” WOW! Tell that to people on social media and especially to conservative and liberal politicians.
Apostle Paul adds: “It (love) is never glad about injustice, but rejoices whenever truth wins out…Love is very patient and kind, never jealous or envious, never boastful or proud, never haughty or selfish or rude…If you love someone you will be loyal to him no matter what the cost. You will always believe in him, always expect the best of him, and always stand your ground in defending him.”
The part of “truth wins out” hit me, too. One of the verses I chose to memorize this year is John 16:13: “But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth.” — John 16:13.
God led me to these verses in Corinthians and the Gospel of John. I think He is working on me. How about you?