Why are there senseless killings in the world? In fact, is there any killing that is not senseless?
God created every person on earth. Every one of us is precious to Him, and I believe it grieves His Heart to see anyone attempt to eliminate the other by harming them.
When violence happens, it often makes us feel powerless. It may make us angry. We may be tempted to respond with violence. Wars have been started and perpetuated by such thinking.
When I hear of violence, I feel sad. I wonder what happened that a person could become so lost … so deceived … that they saw God’s Creations as the enemy.
Jesus answered that long ago.
“The time is coming when anyone who kills you will think they are offering a service to God.
They will do such things because they have not known The Father or Me.”
They did not know God. They did not know Jesus. They could not hear The Holy Spirit because they did not know Him.
And because they did not know The Blessed Trinity, they did not know what they were doing.
When Jesus was being crucified, He asked His Father to forgive those who were attempting to kill Him. He added,
“For they do not know what they are doing.”
Did they not know they were driving the nails? Yes, they knew. But they did not know how wrong it was.
What can we do in the face of violence?
We can pray for the victims. Pray that they be healed. Pray that they be comforted. Pray that they be able to forgive.
We can feel great sadness for the perpetrators, and forgive them, as Jesus Himself showed us.
We can realize that all around the world, satan is busy at this moment recruiting for his army. His goal is to capture his victims and turn them into human killing machines.
And it is key to his mission that they never know their Creator.
How can we defeat satan and his army? By following the Commands of Jesus.
“A New Command I give you: Love one another.
As I have loved you, so you must love one another.
By this everyone will know that you are My Disciples, if you love one another.”
“Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.”
“Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.”
Note: He did not say, “Treat them the way they treat you.” He said to love like He loves. He said to be merciful, as God is merciful.
But Jesus was not finished in giving His Commands. He added,
“Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.”
And having done those things, what else can we do?
We can dedicate ourselves to The Mission that everyone know God, Jesus and The Holy Spirit.
The knowing begins with our desiring to know The One Who has created us and placed us on earth to live together in harmony.
And out of that desire will come a desire that all our brothers and sisters know Him too.
When we all know Him, then Jesus’ Prayer will be fulfilled. God’s Kingdom will come on earth!
God gave me a song about knowing Him. It is a part of the first video in the series, “Knowing The One.”
I invite you to watch and share it with others.