1 John 4:7-8 "Beloved, let us love one another for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God because God is love."

We have all played the blame game at one point or another; it is one game where everyone knows the rules from the garden of Eden with Adam and Eve to the present day. It is an easy game. It requires no forethought or responsibility for your actions, words, thoughts. You have no accountability whatsoever. This week in our nations' capital, we saw the blame game play out on a national stage, and as everyone around the world watched, and many of us, including me, played the blame game. I was convicted of my role in the game by the word of God. He will do it every time. When the Holy Spirit resides in you, there is no way you will not feel His promptings. We can ignore them; we can even justify our actions as to why they are unrealistic, but we cannot honestly say that they do not confront us. In 1 Samuel 15-24, we get a quick glimpse of such a confrontation it states, "Then Saul said to Samuel, I have sinned. I violated the Lord's command and your instructions. I was afraid of the men, and so I gave in to them."

Fear always plays a role in the disobedience of God's word, whether it's fear of loss, not obtaining something we want, and the list goes on. Fear is one of the major factors that lead us in the opposite direction of God's word. In the book of Galatians, chapter 5, verse 15, it states, "If you bite and devour each other watch out or you will be destroyed by each other." Powerful words, true words, we were not created to be divided. Throughout the bible, God shows us how much better we are together with His Spirit leading the way. I am here to encourage you today, to stand for the word of God at all cost because no matter how humble it makes you, it is worth it. We all owe each other something because of the sacrifice of Jesus's life matters. No longer will the people of God stand by and watch. It is time to pray, forgive, and show the world what loving Christ looks like. And for many believers, including myself, this is not an easy road, but necessary. I will leave you with Galatians 5:13-14 "You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free but do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: Love your neighbor as yourself." Love is the answer because when understanding fails, love and compassion will prevail.

Remember, God not only loves you, but He is also love, and I love you as well.

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