Only God Knows

 “When given the choice between being right and being kind, choose kind.”

(A Dr. Wayne W. Dyer quote used in the movie Wonder)

In the book, The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse, the mole asks the boy, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” The boy thinks for a moment and simply replies, “Kind.”

Jesus said it this way: “Love one another” (John 13:34). He was speaking about Christians loving each other. We’re also told to love our neighbor, and even our enemies. But how can we love our enemies when we have such difficulty loving our fellow Christians?

We are living in divided times in our nation, when political arguments take place daily—sadly, even among Christians. I’m troubled by the lack of kindness, or love. They are, after all, fruits of the Spirit. Who’s right and who’s wrong? Can we even know? We all like to think we’re on the side of being right, but only God knows the truth. He knows all and sees all, and no matter what our convictions and opinions may be, it is to Him we all will give an account (Hebrews 4:13). Those leaders we may not like are ultimately accountable to God, not us. However, will we have to give an account for how well we loved each other? Is God more concerned that we win a political debate, or does He care more that we show the world that we “love one another,” by being kind?

“By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:35

I understand if we want to influence people to be careful what they stand for, but again, we do not, cannot, know the whole truth. Only God knows. And I’ve never seen anyone change someone’s mind in this political climate. The debate will just keep going on and on, causing further division, and no one wins. I know I’m aging myself, but does anyone remember the Certs breath mints commercial that announced, “Stop! You’re both right!” Each time I see comments on social media debating about something political, I think, Stop! You’re both wrong! Seriously, do any of us think we know the whole truth about things going on?

Only God knows.

So, what would happen if, instead of getting into debates with each other, we just pray for each other and let the Holy Spirit deal with it? What if, when tempted to complain about or criticize a leader, we stopped right then and prayed for them instead? And what if we pray for God to help us understand our times better and for truth to win? Could we handle the truth if it doesn’t fit our opinions and biases? Do we really want God to change our mind?

Ouch!

Let’s just stay prayerful and watchful (Colossians 4:2). And let’s be careful not to judge too quickly or harshly, because the same judgement with which we judge others may be used on us (Matthew 7:2). Only God knows the whole truth, so let’s let Him be the Judge, because He already is.

And if given the choice between being right and being kind, let’s be kind.

 

Would you pray this scriptural prayer with me for God’s Truth to win in America?

Dear Heavenly Father, Thank You that You are a good, good Father, tender and compassionate to those who fear You (Psalm 103:11). Forgive us for when we haven’t loved one another as You have loved us, as You commanded (John 13:34); for when we haven’t paid attention to Your instructions for our lives (Isaiah 30:9) or refused to listen (Isaiah 30:9-11). Forgive us if we haven’t recognized the right voices, or if we haven’t always wanted to hear what is right and true (Isaiah 30:10-11, 2 Timothy 4:3-4). Forgive us when we’ve listened to the wrong voices (Psalm 1:1). Lead us in Your truth (Psalm 25:4-5).

Lord, we need Your love and Your voice to show us the right way (Psalm 143:8). There are so many conflicting voices, it is difficult to know what is true and what is false, because the enemy disguises himself as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14). But You know all and see all (Hebrews 4:13). We need Your spirit for wisdom and discernment (1 Corinthians 2:13) to help us decipher truth from lies. Open our eyes and hearts and minds to truth (Acts 26:18). Help us to know Your ways, Lord; teach us Your paths.  And Lord, help us to love Your truth and to sincerely love each other (1 Peter 1:22). Sanctify us in Your Truth (John 17:17).

Lord, we ask for Your truth to set us free (John 8:31-32) from all lies of the enemy. Let all false witnesses be caught and punished (Proverbs 19:9); let their crooked ways be found out (Proverbs 10:9). Heavenly Father, may they seek You and turn from their wicked ways. May we all pray and seek Your Truth and turn from the wicked ways that have permeated our society, that You may heal our land (2 Chronicles 7:14).

In Jesus’ mighty name and for His sake. Amen.

What would you add to this prayer? I’d love to hear.

 

Thanks for stopping by and praying with me. Let’s commit to continue to pray for America…every day. I’ll be posting more scriptural prayers for America in the coming weeks. You can subscribe here to receive and pray them with me. And please forward and share with others so they can pray with us too. America needs our prayers!

 

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4 Comments

  1. Karen Friday on June 14, 2024 at 1:59 pm

    Great message, Penny, powerful prayer.



  2. Penny Cooke on June 14, 2024 at 2:22 pm

    Thanks much, Karen. I struggled whether to write/post it, but I really am troubled by it all.
    Thanks so much for commenting. Hope you are well! xo



  3. Jeanne Roberson on June 14, 2024 at 2:42 pm

    I love this message, Penny. Even when we disagree, showing love and kindness to one another is monumental in our fight against Satan. As we know, he loves creating division. Especially among Christians.



  4. Penny Cooke on June 25, 2024 at 1:30 pm

    Yes, so true, Jeanne…use love to fight against the enemy. So good!



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