Spritual Life: Rev Francis Ackroyd, Vine Church, Ilford

PUBLISHED: 09:00 01 July 2017


Bible says ‘Don’t let evil defeat you, but overcome evil with good’

In the first verses of the Bible we read that the world God first created was full of emptiness and chaos.

Darkness was over the face of the deep, yet the Spirit of God was brooding over the surface of the waters. God brought light, life and hope and is still recreating the world and life within it.

Recently Christians celebrated Pentecost when God sent his Spirit. The disciples described it as powerful, like a mighty rushing wind and felt on fire with God’s love. People gathered together, listening to and understanding each other in a completely new way. God’s love brought a different kind of unity that could overcome differences and language barriers.

These are dark days; reflecting on the fire at Grenfell Tower; the attack outside Finsbury Park Mosque and attacks in London and Manchester. Yet God’s love and power remains around and amongst us .

We thank God for the commitment and bravery of our emergency services who helped so many people; for others who gave practical assistance and for the great support that the victims gave each other.

May God’s Spirit bring justice, healing and hope out of chaos, pain and despair, through quick action.

The Bible says, “Do not let evil defeat you but overcome evil with good”. Through the power of God’s Spirit may we, whatever beliefs we hold, be God’s change-makers, bringing hope, love and healing to all.

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