The character of our hearts
By Pastor Myron Guillory
Were the effects of COVID-19—social distancing in particular—unprecedented or was it the same test presented to us in a different form? Let me explain. George Floyd was murdered approximately two months after the pandemic hit our nation. His murder brought up old wounds of social injustice and racism. These issues have been considered an old, reoccurring and incurable epidemic. Instead of standing in the six-foot safe zone through social distancing, race issues intentionally extend our social distance safe zones to our respective neighborhoods.
The distance also travels to other areas of our lives. We begin to distance ourselves emotionally and spiritually, which is counter to how God wants us to live. How did we respond to the most recent attack of racism? Our response mimicked the one we had for COVID-19. WE BLAMED innocent people, political parties, government officials, or whatever group that supported our conspiracy theories.
Although the forecast for our nation appears as if more storms are on the way, I want to take this moment to offer us hope. God’s love towards us is patient. Through these trials and tests, He is speaking clearly to us. He even sends other believers to echo His Word to us through their obedience. It’s through their words and actions that we are reminded that God is holy and God is faithful even when we are unfaithful.
2 Chronicles 7:13-15 says, 13 “When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, 14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 15 Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place.”
Practically speaking, disease has entered our land, but God uses these circumstances to test the character of our hearts. Some believers have spit venomous insults in the name of Jesus in the midst of both tragedies. They have chosen to echo the anxiety, fear, anger and bitterness in their hearts. Alternatively, many believers have fallen to their knees seeking God with great humility. They have chosen to echo the Word of God that’s been sealed in their hearts by His spirit. Their obedience catches our attention, thus encouraging us to turn towards the Great Physician who can eradicate COVID-19 and the Prince of Peace who can heal our hearts of racism.
We no longer have to blame one another when the answer is right in front of us, and His name is Jesus. As He patiently loves us, let us embrace the humble spirit put inside of us. This spirit will unite us in prayer, in repentance, in forgiveness and, especially, in love. There’s nothing that can separate us from God’s love. It is this type of love that heals. The enemy’s goal to distance us WILL BE thwarted by God’s love to unite us in one spirit.