I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins. Put me in remembrance: let us plead together: declare thou, that thou mayest be justified (Isaiah 43:25-26).

All over the world, resorting to violence in redressing grievances has never been known to solve any national issue permanently. It’s unwise to use artillery to express discontent or to establish political power. The Bible says “A man tormented by the guilt of murder will be a fugitive till death; let no one support him.” (Proverbs 28:17).

Judgement for the one who murders the innocent is inevitable. The perpetrators of such perfidious acts, the Bible says, hasten to their own destruction. Those who engage in violence or foment activities that lead to loss of innocent lives do themselves great disservice without realizing it. Who knows, the victims of their wickedness may just be those people God had chosen to be in the position to help them or their offspring in the future.

Realize that everyone God has placed on your path is there to fulfill a divine purpose. Therefore, see those you meet as a blessing and treat them right. If you’re aggrieved about anything or think there’s injustice, speak up, and do so intelligently. Reasonable, bold and intelligent citizens employ dialogue, not violence, to resolve pressing issues.

Even the Lord, as revealed in our opening scripture advocates dialogue; He said ” let us plead together: declare thou, that thou mayest be justified .” No matter how justified your grievances are, don’t wreak havoc on lives and properties.

If you’re a youth, don’t allow yourself to become a tool in the hands of those who believe violence is the only way to voice grievances. Violence can only lead to bondage. Instead, let God help you bring the vision of your heart to reality. In Proverbs 3: 31-32 (GNB), the Bible says ” Don’t be jealous of violent people or decide to act as they do, because the LORD hates people who do evil, but he takes righteous people into his confidence.”

Dear Father, I thank you for teaching me through your Word, how to live your glory. I thank you for your peace that reigns and rules in my heart today, and also for the power of righteousness that inspires my actions, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

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