The ONE THING for today

Fighting violence with force

  • Genesis 6:13 (NIV) So God said to Noah, “I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth.”

If I were to take a poll on what was the really bad sins I suspect I’d get many different answers. But the sin that God really, really hates is violence.

Anytime someone uses violence to force their will upon someone it is an affront to God.

Violence would include: murder, rape, stealing, lying, and exploiting the weak, widows, orphans and others that are at a disadvantage.

God’s instruction for responding to these was to apply swift and severe judgment. The reason for this is that anytime we violate a human-being we are attacking the very image and nature of God, and eventually, whether society responses or not, God will—thus the reason for the Flood.

Here is one of the ironies of life: the best way to combat violence is with force (as in enforcing the law).

For example…

Divorce is a type of violence; the best way to not fall prey to this sad event is by enforcing the marriage covenant—both in the good times and the bad times.

Dishonesty is a type of violence; the best way to combat dishonesty is by keeping “honest scales” (letting your word be your bond, telling the truth, etc.)

I could go on with other examples, but the point is clear—violence is taking the easy way; just muscling up and taking what you want. Enforcing the will and ways of God are usually the more difficult way but in the end they are always the best way.

The ONE THING for you today is this: be a pillar of moral strength and integrity. Be a safe person and provide a safe place for people to run to. Have the reputation of being someone who can be trusted.

God has not given us a gun and badge in order to go out and be the “moral police” but he has instructed us to rule our own spirit. When you do this you become an oasis of hope and help in a worn and weary world where people long for a safe place…you be that safe place.

And remember, love is a force that ultimately conquers all.


Proverbs 16:32 (NKJV)

He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, And he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.


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