Weekly Devotionals

November 16, 2020


Let's Think with Our Brains and Our Hearts
A Word of Encouragement from Elizabeth Rice Handford


The one algebraic equation I remember from high school days went like this: If a = b and a = c, then b = c. Could this be the key to the perplexing problems we're facing in our country today? God loved the world so much that He gave Jesus to die in our place. If I use that algebraic equation and apply it to the terrible conflict of races, cultures, and life styles in our country today, it comes out like this: If Jesus (a) loves me and you (b) and Jesus (a) loves them (c), then it's obvious that you and I (b) ought to love them (c), too!


"So you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus.
There is no longer
Jew or Gentile, [or any racial discrimination]
slave or free, [or any economic discrimination]
male or female. [or any sexual discrimination]
For you are all Christians-you are one in Christ." Galatians 3:26,28


That's not what often we find, even among good Christians. There are all kinds of walls built up between us, things that have driven us apart: racial differences, certainly, but many other circumstances as well: rich and poor, educated and uneducated, different life styles, certainly different political parties.


The Bible tells us that Jesus came to break down those hostile, destructive walls:

For Christ Himself has made peace
between us Jews and you Gentiles [everybody who isn't a Jew]
By making us all one people.
He has broken down the wall of hostility that used to separate us.
Together as one body,
Christ reconciled both groups to God by means of His death,
and our hostility toward each other was put to death.
Ephesians 2:14,16


Just think! Those horrible walls we've erected between us torn down by Christ's love!


Jesus loves you and me. Jesus loves them. Therefore we ought to love each other and "them," whoever they are. We ought to find delight in our differentness. We ought to enjoy the different cultures that make up our blessed America. I can't tell you how you ought to put this wonderful truth into effect in your life-
- I am only asking God to help me love every single person I have contact with. They were made in the image of God. They bear His likeness. He has "broken down the wall of hostility that used to separate us." That's a good beginning!

Candace Owens, a respected journalist, wrote, "I stopped thinking with my skin tone and started thinking with my brain." That's a good idea. Can we forget the tone of our skin, and start thinking with our brains? And can't we, oh, especially, can't we start thinking with our hearts?