Whispers of Wisdom, our learning series for the month of July, we are exploring simple yet practical applications of our faith. As we study the book of Proverbs, we're asking people from our community to give impressions, highlights, convictions and/or lessons learned from the sermon.
This week Rosdaly Ramirez, Ellwood Community Group Leader, shares thoughts/reflections on Wk2:
As I sat there Sunday afternoon, my heart was very heavy. In the last few days we have seen a lot of injustice, hurt, and hopelessness within the black community. As a church, I believe we, not only felt the hurt of our black brothers and sisters, but also the weight of sin in our country.
As I listened to Pastor Rich preach, I wrestled with a few questions he addressed. “ Have we rightly understood God?” “Have we made the good news of Jesus real to those around us?" “Am I someone that truly fears the Lord?” These questions unsettled my heart. I had to acknowledge and repent of the fact that as a follower of Jesus, I cannot say I’ve fully understood His calling for my life as an image bearer nor fully made the good news of Jesus real to those around me. I have not lived in a way that displays a woman who fears the Lord.
These questions should unsettle our hearts enough to lead us to repentance and to live in a way that brings real hope to those around us, especially to the black community. As followers of Jesus it is our job to display Jesus here on earth by weeping with those who weep, mourning with those that mourn, and leading others into righteousness because we know Him who is righteous and just. May the way we live transform the lives of others, so that they would be able to have a true hope-Jesus.