YM Quotes:

YM Quotes:

Youth ministry is always a challenge. Youth ministry is consistently changing. Youth ministry is regularly surprising. Youth ministry is fresh all the time. (Mark Oestreicher)

Although students need guidance from good leaders, we often take on too much of the responsibility for their knowledge about God. We want them to blindly adopt our opinions rather than work out their own understanding. Instead we must help young people learn how to think for themselves with God’s perspective as their foundation and the Word of God as their rule. (Sean Dunn)

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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Article 6: Violence vs. Mercy

If you read/ watched yesterday’s dramatic News you might wonder like I do, “Why, why, why is all this happening”…a pastor got killed recently in a Church in the States, there are several Wars going on, yesterday a guy shot 11 people (including himself) in the States and a 17 year old (!) shot 16 (including himself) in Germany. Now I heard that a guy was shot yesterday evening coming out of a Church meeting in South Africa…

Many probably think now, “Dude that is part of life!” and yes I know it is, but feelings like anger, hurt, sadness and clueless-ness rise up inside of me.

Let’s reflect on this: Violence is the expression of physical force against self or other, compelling action against one's will on pain of being hurt. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Violence)

It does not just happen, there is a reason why someone gets violent (disappointment or hurt can be the cause). Young people are hurt today, all over the place and many do not know how to deal with it. I am NOT saying that it is OK to hurt others, no way! But what am I doing constructively to help rather than to judge and call for revenge?

There is this BIG word in the Bible: It’s called MERCY

Mercy is a word to describe compassion shown by one person to another, or a request from one person to another to be shown such leniency or unwarranted compassion for a crime or wrongdoing. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mercy)
As God showed mercy to us we should do the same. Man, that’s so hard! To let go of feelings like revenge and instead show mercy.

I don’t want to write much more. My prayer is just that we can answer violence with mercy. What will you do?

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