This morning, on my through the Bible reading, I arrived at the Book of Ruth. I love the theme of this brief story: No matter what else is happening in the world around us, we can choose to live by godly principles.
My study notes say this: "The fundamental virtues of love, faith, trust, and goodness are greater than hatred and violence, and these virtues will guide people from generation to generation."
We see plenty of hatred and violence around us. It’s everywhere — on TV, in the newspaper, on the Internet, in the workplace, on the freeway, in the schools. But we can choose to respond to a hateful and violent world with love, faith, trust, and goodness. It isn’t easy. It couldn’t have been easy for Ruth to leave the country of her birth and go to another land. But she chose to do what was right rather than what was easy.
I want to choose love when I’m faced with hatred or cutting words or rejection or betrayal or evil. It will never be easy, but that’s the choice I want to make. I want to live by God’s principles, by His fundamental virtues. I want the world to know I’m a Christian by my love and by how I live my life.
Jesus said, "If you find the godless world is hating you, remember it got its start hating me. If you lived on the world’s terms, the world would love you as one of its own. But since I picked you to live on God’s terms and no longer on the world’s terms, the world is going to hate you." (John 15:18-19, Msg)
Much of society will dislike (even hate) believers for no other reason than that we belong to the King of Glory. We mustn’t be surprised when it happens. But we should love them back. We should pray for them. We should extend grace. That’s my prayer for today. May I extend grace. May I choose love.
In the grip of His grace,