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Forgiveness, not hate, needed

One thing that I hate is ignorance. I’m not in a position to judge you based off of your race or actions, gender or status, your do’s or don’ts, but I am in a position to allow you to judge yourself and then thank God for the vision to see it.

I serve an awesome God who rules, regulates and resides in my life and I’m thankful of that.

I’ve cried because of tragedy and I have smiled because of joy.

Blacks, Whites, Hispanics, etc…. have all saddened me at times in my life, but I try not to expose them or cause others to dislike them based off of how I feel.

I forgive, but I don’t forget. I fall down, but I get back up again. I hurt and I pray. All that doesn’t kill us should make us stronger. All that doesn’t break us should build us up.

Satan uses Blacks, Whites, Hispanics, Asians, and the list goes on and on, and when he does, we all hurt.

The murder of the two BPD officers hurt me to my bones.

The halftime show this past Friday night hurt me to my bones.

Then comments made by both blacks and whites hurt me to my bones.

But I did what I do best, I prayed. I asked the Lord to forgive everyone who did a Satan-inspired action to hurt someone else.

   If I, Shon Blackwell, can forgive the man who murdered my family, you should forgive those that hurt you as well.

Our forgiveness of their wrongdoing causes God to step in and take care of it and trust and believe he will.

Romans 12:19-21 speaks of God’s wrath. It says:

“Vengeance is mine, I will repay.”

We need to wake up because Satan is busy and he’s dividing.

Just

   — Love until you’re tired.

Just

  — Smile until you’re happy.

Just

   — Forgive until you’re dead.

Just

   — Pray because God is listening.

Give the Lord above a hallelujah and “Thank you, Jesus,” because his love is sufficient. Be blessed.

— Shon Blackwell, assistant pastor, New Zion Union M.B. Church