It seems very easy to incite fear.
We live in a world where too many people are pointing fingers, calling others names and cursing their enemies in the name of their god.
And there are too many people stirring the pot, moving them to new, dangerous levels of violence, hatred and suspicion.
Fear is one of our most primal emotions and it doesn’t take much for it to become one of the most influential feelings in our communities, driving important decisions and dominating our airwaves.
But is it possible to incite love?
Can we see the best in each other?
Can we embrace our differences rather than be afraid of them?
Can we bring others closer, instead of pushing them away?
Can we find a way to help each other thrive?
Can we replace the scowls with smiles, the derisive comments with encouragement and the suspicion with mutual respect?
Can we understand that responding in fear perpetuates enmity, whilst love and forgiveness brings reconciliation and the possibility of peace?
Is it possible to incite love?
I’m honestly not entirely sure, but as a follower of Jesus, I’m willing to try.
As I look around our world, I can’t help think that fear isn’t working.
Perhaps love can.
Let me start, if you’re reading this, know that you are loved and valued for who you are.
Now go, tell someone else that they are too!
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