First Presbyterian Church

First Presbyterian Church
221 North Main Street
Belvidere, IL 61008

Thursday, March 1, 2018


This week, during our midweek programming we talked about bullies. The truth is, we can all be bullies at times. In fact, bullying includes gossiping (even if it is a true statement about someone), ignoring someone or excluding them, and desiring revenge or harm on someone. These spirits that can rage in all of us perpetuate the cycle of violence in our communities and schools. People who are mentally unstable or don’t have supportive family environments may even turn to retaliation of this bullying behavior and cause more harm, which is evident by our increase in school shootings.

So what can we do about this? How do we teach our children to survive and even help in these situations. Well, the answer to all our questions, as Pastor Bob likes to say, is “Jesus.” Jesus tells us in the Bible that perfect love drives out fear. His perfect sacrificial love is the example of this. We discussed with our children that love is not a feeling. In fact, it is an act. So, what do we do to counteract these moments- these cruel times? We must act up and stand up and show love by actively giving it. This may be simply smiling and waving at the person you know is being ignored in the halls. After all, everyone desires to be seen and recognized. In fact, that is what is so comforting in Psalm 139. The psalmist writes, “You created my inmost being. You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.....Your eyes saw my unformed body and all my days are ordained for me were written in your book.”  What a wonderful thought!
The same God who made the stars cares for all His creations. When he made the earth He said it was “good.” But when He made man, he said it was “VERY good.”

God loves all His people the same. Black, white, rich poor, cultures and class of all kinds. Our job is to love. When we love- it drives out the dark. It is the only thing. Show love- active love. Every day. Show love to the undeserving because we all are unlovable at times, yet we are still adored by our creator.


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