In our human experience, we learn to appreciate and love each other. Even when we face adversities and failures, we turn to God, for He alone is all love and all power. As Matthew writes, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you (6: 33).” In this way, we always recognize the presence of God in our midst. We also recognize that we are all made in His image.
Our daily lives are meant to reflect that image in all our actions. We are reminded that before anything else, we are good which is how God wants us to live. Peter writes, “. . . get rid of all ill will and all deceit, pretense, envy, and slander. Instead, like a newborn baby, desire the pure milk of the word. Nourished by it, you will grow into salvation, since you have tasted that the Lord is good (1 Peter 2: 1-3)”. With this reflection and this action in our lives, righteousness and grace rule our society.
Regardless of how we look at the world and all of its faults, created by humanity, God is still with us, nurturing and healing, but above all loving. We are God’s people receiving His Mercy and Grace. As righteous people of God, we live in our faithfulness to God.
© Russell Kendall Carter