Christians, Let Us Remember

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Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable to you oh Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer. (Psalm 19:14)

It is finally the day after, and we all woke up this morning as Americans. Yet we are Christians first.

Some voted (or did not vote) as an expression of anger or protest. Many more voted as an instrument of principle. Whatever the outcome, our call in Christ is for reconciliation.

Many factions have sought to divide us, have sought to have us focus on flaws and sin instead of mercy and grace. The enemy has infiltrated our hearts, our thoughts, and our words.

“It is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person.” (Matthew 15:11)

handsqueezingheartWe have several choices today and over the next four years.

We can let our shock and disappointment grow fear in our hearts. We can continue to brood, letting our anger simmer until it boils over into a rage that we can no longer contain. We can continue to cast blame, point fingers, and feed our resentment. Either of these choices will keep the door open for the enemy to squeeze Christ’s living water, grace and love out of our hearts.

 

On the other hand, we can choose to accept the results with grace. We can pray for our new President, for all the members of our new Senate and House of Representatives. We can pray there will be (or already has been) a gracious concession speech without bitterness or rancor. We can pray for a peaceful transition of power. We can pray for progress over politics. We can work wholeheartedly to unite our country.

In January, the hand of the winner of this hard-fought election will be placed on a Bible. The new President will take the Oath of Office. We can choose to put behind us the animosity we have lived with the last 20 months and instead, take up our cross and the mission of reconciliation. We can choose to be the light and the mouth of Christ.

You see, the controlling force in our lives is the love of Christ; Christ’s love guides us. He died for us so that we will all live, not for ourselves, but for Him who died and rose again on our behalf. Because of all that God has done, we now have a new perspective; we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view. Whoever is a believer in Christ is a new creation. The old way of living has disappeared. A new way of living has come into existence. All of this is a gift from our Creator, who pursued us and brought us into a restored and healthy relationship with Him through Christ.

And He has given us the same mission – the ministry of reconciliation – to bring others back to Him. He reconciled the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful mission of reconciliation. We are Christ’s ambassadors; God makes His appeal through us. (2 Corinthians 5:14-20)

19 comments

  1. Amen and Agree, Jesus is the way!

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  2. “Accept the results with grace” is wise counsel. And rejoice in the fact that millions upon millions of unborn souls will now survive beyond the womb.

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    1. We shall see. And we will also see if the children in Flint, Michigan will finally get drinkable water. And the death penalty is repealed.

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  3. Well said, Susan. Trump has said some very hurtful and troubling things. But I’ve heard that he is a “deal maker.” Perhaps this willingness will actually open lines for both parties to listen to each other and work together. I also agree that his acceptance speech was very gracious. Let’s pray that this continue. But our real hope is not in who’s President. Hope lives in us!
    Blessings.

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  4. Very well stated Susan! This message is so on point. Our faith is in God not man, yet we can pray for the man and pray God’s purpose comes through this man. Now more than ever is the time we as “Christians” should show people who we really are, commanded to forgive and reconcile with one another. Blessings to you!

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    1. And to you, Lilka. Looking forward to your Letter, sweet friend.

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  5. Reblogged this on Beloved By Amy and commented:
    So good, my exact thoughts on this day! Read Susan Blog now!

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    1. Thank you, Amy. Trump’s acceptance speech was remarkably humble and conciliatory. I hope this bodes well for the way he decides to lead the country.

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  6. I agree with every word here, Susan. I was shocked and disappointed, but never lost my faith in the higher principles by which we are to be guided. Hillary has apparently won the popular vote and she has had and will always have my heart and support. I hope the American people will learn something valuable from what is ahead. There is not bitterness in my heart.

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    1. Yes, Beth, the same for me. Trumps speech was gracious; I hope that graciousness continues through his tenure.

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      1. Yes. I was extremely suprised. My first thought was: “the prayers are working” – may the better angels of his nature be victorious. The truth is: he could be a great leader – but his unconscious inflamatory way to use language is problematic.

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      2. Perhaps there are actually two Trumps – the one he uses to defeat his opponents, and the one he uses to manage. Let’s hope and pray the Manager Trump acts with discipline and intellect, with a desire to learn, and a true desire to bring unity and peace to a dispirited and divided America.

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  7. Amen and amen.

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  8. Yes, let us change the atmosphere. We are called to be game changers. Let us pray for america and the world and build a spiritual network of Light and Truth. We must accept the election and work with it. Blessings from germany 👍

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    1. Oh, thank you so very much. And I concur with your prayer, and will add that as well – for the entire world. Bless you. ❤

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    1. Thanks, Lionel. We must work to change the environment of the last several months. And we can, if we cling to Christ.

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      1. I totally agree my friend

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