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CLARITY – 11-20-19 What Love Looks Like?


A Biblical Response to Current Events – 11-20-19

What Love Looks Like?

What’s Happening: “In Cripple Creek, Colorado, Patrick Frazee, 33, was given a life + 156 years-sentence Monday for killing his fiance’ Kelsey Berreth, 29, by bludgeoning her with a baseball bat, then burning her body…her 1-year-old daughter, whom she had had with Frazee, was in a storage closet nearby. His ‘friend,’ Krystal Lee, faces three years for evidence tampering. She tried to use Kelsey’s cell-phone to deceive investigators about Berreth’s whereabouts. The jury only deliberated four hours and sentencing came only an hour later by the judge (  ‘Your actions were vicious, senseless, without reason or explanation,’ Judge Scott said to a dispassionate Frazee.” 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “If this is how he treats somebody he loves, I’d hate to see how he treats somebody he hated!”

Biblical Response:  “Really! I can’t even imagine… There was a time when an engagement period was for trying on mentally the idea of marriage. Before that it was called betrothal, and was even more serious (Deut. 22:23-30). Apparently, he got to have his way with her by virtue of a promise…and apparently the promise was worthless. I don’t know which is worse – what he did…or what he didn’t do. Obviously, the judge (and the law) thought the former was worse. A man’s word used to be his bond. What happens to a culture where words (and promises) are meaningless? Just read the papers or the news feed on your device.”

“Christians? We believe that words are valuable and only the precursor to the actions they betray (John 14:1012). What does love look like? Like God (John 3:16; Rom. 5:8; 1 John 4:8).” 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to only promise what You can help us fulfill; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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