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The world is a dark, dark place. The news and social media are chock full of wars, rumors of wars, beheadings, bombings, riots, shootings, fires, murders, abuse. I can’t take it. I have to turn it off in order not to be overwhelmed. But the sense of heaviness and grief lingers. I still know these horrors are happening, and getting closer to home every day. My heart mourns for the innocents suffering such things.

I often think the world is becoming a worse place. I don’t know that this is truth- the book of Ecclesiastes says

Ecclesiastes 1:9 New King James Version (NKJV)

That which has been is what will be,
That which is done is what will be done,
And there is nothing new under the sun.
-via Bible Gateway

There is nothing new under the sun. The things that have been done will be done again. I think we just have much more access to witness all the evil with the internet and social media. Brutality on the other side of the world is now in your face with your morning coffee and your newsfeed. I don’t believe this is entirely a negative thing though- -despite the deluge of horrifying images–we cannot bury our heads in the sand; we must be aware. And if we are Believers in God and His Word, our most powerful weapon against evil is prayer. Prayer, and to BE a light in the darkness.

Easier said than done, right? How are we to be light when we are deeply grieving the injustice of evil?? Where do we find the joy necessary to bring light and life instead of depression and death?

Psalm 35:9
And my soul shall be joyful in the Lord; It shall rejoice in His salvation.

Psalm 28:7
The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusted in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart greatly rejoices, And with my song I will praise Him.

Philippians 4:4
Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!

In the Lord. He is our hope. In all circumstances and in all tribulation. In this we have joy, because He has overcome the world.

How to apply this practically, to every day living? Be the opposite of the world.

Romans 12:9-21 New King James Version (NKJV)

Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. 10 Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; 11 not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; 12 rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; 13 distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality.

14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. 16 Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion.

17 Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. 18 If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. 19 Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,”[a] says the Lord. 20 Therefore

“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
If he is thirsty, give him a drink;
For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.”[b]

21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.