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THE ROSE OF SHARON (Photo by Pastor Davis)

Know in your hearts that we all are the Roses of Sharon.  Let us learn to love each other in the same manner as we look upon the beauty of this rose and love it, because in the sight of God, we all are His beautiful Children.

We are living in very difficult times, and we find that our spirits are broken, our economy is perking along at a very slow pace, our political system is in turmoil, and now with the murder of Trayvon Martin RACIAL HATRED and PREJUDICE has reared its mean and ugly head again.

We all are going to have to account for our actions are in actions at some point in time.  Therefore, I say to those of you who harbor RACIAL HATRED and PREJUDICE in your heart, why not take this moment as a teachable moment and look and examine yourself and make the changes that are necessary today to help bring us all together rather than separating us by allowing the fires that are burning inside of you to continue to keep you living in hell everyday right here on this earth.

Now, let us understand the truth of God’s word, and that is this, “Racial hatred produces division rather than unity.” At the time Jesus lived among men, the Jews, more specifically the Pharisees, had totally separated themselves from anyone they considered unclean. Thus, they had absolutely nothing to do with the Gentiles. This attitude of prejudice made it difficult to bring about the unity in Christ between Jew and Gentile that God desired.  In the book of John 17:20-22 Jesus saw it necessary to leave us with a prayer for unity among believers.  Here is a portion of Jesus’ prayer. “Neither for these alone do I pray [it is not for their sake only that I make this request], but also for all those who will ever come to believe in (trust in, cling to, rely on) Me through their word and teaching,

That they all may be one, [just] as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be one in Us, so that the world may believe and be convinced that You have sent Me.

I have given to them the glory and honor which You have given Me, that they may be one [even] as We are one:  After reading, studying and meditating on Jesus prayer, we should be impressed with how important unity is to God by the fact this prayer came in the shadow of the cross. “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus“ (Galatians 3:28).

I believe God would have His children work together to show the world by example that true racial equality and racial harmony are to be found only in Jesus Christ. The Constitution and various laws of mankind can be and are well-meaning but will never accomplish racial peace and love as do conversion to Jesus Christ. If we follow in the footsteps of Jesus as we are supposed to (I Peter 2:20-22), we will love all men, showing partiality to none and being prejudiced against no one merely due to race or the color of a person skin. I once heard a dear sister in Christ say of a black friend, “She’s as white as I am in God’s sight.” I am confident she did not mean the comment to be a racial slur, yet it demonstrates how easily we can have an attitude of racial prejudice.

There is no room in heaven for anyone who hates or considers another inferior simply due to race or skin color. Very little progress has been made in our nation in overcoming racial prejudices, injustices, and hatreds. I pray the Lord’s people will show the way of love for all and equality among all in Jesus Christ. May we never shame His precious name by being guilty of racial hatred?

Now let me close with this final thought for each one of you who have taken the time to read this entire lesson and the many lessons we teach here daily, “Think globally, and work locally. Looking beyond ourselves in the real and on line world, to reach out to others who might be in need or different in some way than we are.  For we all are truly our Brothers Keeper, SALVATION is FREE for the asking. Take a moment wherever you may be, and ask the Lord to come into your heart. Ask Him to forgive you of your sins, and if you have spoken these few simple words in truth, you are saved, and now have eternal life.

May God continue to bless each one of you? Today I minister to you from a position of peace, power, purpose and prosperity in Jesus name. I remain Pastor Davis/Master Teacher.

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