Scripture Reading--I Corinthians 15:50-57
The new movie Bully is an attempt to portray the reality some children face every day. Some people estimate that 13 million children are bullied every year. One definition of bullying says that it involves an “an imbalance of power . . .” and that “people who bully use their power to control or harm and the people being bullied may have a hard time defending themselves.” http://thebullyproject.com/indexflash.html#/bullyingtodayBullies may not always come in human form. Some of us have felt overpowered by circumstances, institutions, or forces over which we felt we had little influence or control. We have probably fantasized about eviscerating those destructive powers through our words or actions.
In fear, though, we often choose to avoid confrontation with those people or forces that threaten to do us harm. The greatest bully of all is death. We speak only in hushed tones about it. But the Apostle Paul had such courage and confidence in God that he mocked this bully: "'Where O death is your victory. Where O death, is your sting?' The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Walking with Christ reminds us that since we have victory over the biggest bully of all, all the lesser ones have been put on notice that they no longer exercise final power over us!
Thought for the day: Christ's power enables us to overcome our greatest fears.
Prayer: O God, when I am afraid help me to remember that Christ has conquered our greatest enemy--death--and that Christ will enable me to stand strong against all other enemies. Amen.