The world, the nation and even the community in which we live seem to be in constant conflict. Many of the world’s leaders are in disagreement and cannot live in peace. Political parties in America are in conflict and our nation continues to grow more separated as a result. Our communities continue to be plagued by unnecessary violence and conflict. It is time for all of us to realize continued conflict will lead to our doom. We must be determined to handle and resolve this conflict before it is too late.

We can handle this conflict if we realize that God will protect those who love the Lord. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” We in America are still in a position to see God working things out for us. But we must cooperate with God instead of turning our backs on him, as many are doing more and more of.

The clause “of those who love him” is placed first in the sentence. “But we know that for those who love God all things work together for good.” The Bible makes sure this point is not missed. God looks after the affairs only of those who love him. If a person does not love God — does not place his or her life into the hands of God — how can God take care of that person? If you turn your back and walk away from God, how can God look after you? God is not going to make mechanical robots out of us, forcing us to love him. What God wants is love that flows from a heart that chooses to love him. The choice is ours; we either turn our lives over to God in love, or we continue to live in sin and suffer the consequences of it and constant conflict.

Jeremiah says, “Hear, you earth: I am bringing disaster on this people, the fruit of their schemes, because they have not listened to my words and have rejected my law” (Jeremiah 6:19, NIV). God deals with nations as with individuals. Whatsoever they sow, that shall they also reap. As with individuals as with nations. To whom much is given, of him much shall be required. This is an inescapable law. Ignorance of the law excuses no one in court; it excuses no nation before the judgment seat of God.

What hope do we have? We have much hope because God is a God of love as well as a God of law. The cross of Jesus Christ is the supreme revelation of God’s love. On the cross God took our sufferings, conflicts, and sins, and put them upon his Son, Jesus, on our behalf. Jesus made atonement for the sins of humanity. This means hope for us. It means redemption. We have the opportunity to repent. It is not too late — it is never too late, regardless of what the consequences of our sins may still do to us. While world leaders, American politicians and community members are heading for more and more conflict, Christians need to be looking to God, praying and loving God more, and demonstrating by our actions that God is at work in this world.

“Consecrate me now to Thy service, Lord. By the pow’r of grace divine; Let my soul look up with steadfast hope, And my will be lost in Thine.

Draw me nearer, nearer blessed Lord, To the cross where Thou hast died; Draw me nearer, nearer, nearer blessed Lord. To Thy precious, bleeding side.”

If we are going to do our part to resolve conflict, we must pray, we must trust and obey God, we must seek to serve him each and every day, and we must love him as He has loved us.

Furman Miller is pastor of Weston Chapel A.M.E. Church in Greenwood and a graduate of Erskine Theological Seminary with a Master’s of Divinity degree. He can be reached at 864-344-3517.