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Michelle Reyes, Ph.D., is an Indian American pastor’s wife, writer, and activist. She is also the Vice President of the Asian American Christian Collaborative and writes regularly on faith, culture, and justice. Michelle lives in Austin, TX with her husband and two kids. Follow her on IG @michelleamireyes.

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  1. Michelle,
    May we be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to become angry. James 1:19. I think there is a more fundamental reason why we seem to have trouble doing this today. I’m usually the perpetual encourager, but God led me to write a more thought provoking piece entitled, “Why Are We All So Easily Offended?” I believe it speaks to the problem at hand….http://walkingwellwithgod.blogspot.com/2020/02/why-are-we-all-so-easily-offended.html
    Blessings for reminding us that, above all, we need to put on love,
    Bev xx

  2. Thank you for this, Michelle. We are so quick to forget that it’s the love of God that sets us apart from all the other practitioners of good in this world–and all the other opinion-holders. Anyone can build a hospital, provide food and shelter, or even show up with disaster relief. It’s our motive that makes the difference, but when we slide into politics, somehow we lose our bearings. During this Lenten season, I want to be mindful of praying for the upcoming election and our stance as Christians in the puddle of vitriol that’s certain to collect in the low places.

  3. It has truly been shocking to see the ugliness hurled around by Christians lately and my heart aches seeing it as I wonder how badly we are blowing our testimony. I hope that one heart at a time kindness will find its way back into our communications and reading your devotion today gives me hope that we can do better!

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  4. Thank you Michelle for this message. There are times when I’m wondering if I am the only one who sees the un-Christian like behavior in the political environment of this country among those who are (or who claim to be) Christian. It has gotten me so upset sometimes that I yell at the TV when the only one who can hear are my 2 cats (and they just look at me with a look of what’s wrong, what did I do?) But I know the Lord can hear me and there are times when I have cried out– Lord stop this madness! I think of words of Shakespeare– “A pox on both their houses”. Sometimes I worry if our country can survive as one country or if this will cause another civil war. I personally can’t do anything to change someone’s opinion, not even close friends or family. I have told a friend to think of ” What Would Jesus Do? ” And I pray, turn off the TV and social media when it starts to get me upset. Pray that we will always have the freedom to agree to disagree, pray that we can live in peace with each other. I know that God is in control of everything and his will is going to prevail over all. Praise the Lord!

  5. Hi Michelle. These are tough times we live in with too much social media and not enough sharing a cup of coffee face to face. Because I am very weak minded, I have chosen to stay away from almost all social media or news. I glance at the headlines but mostly know from God’s word of the events that are to come. Let’s hold tight as believers and as you remind us n reap the fruit of loving one another to shine in this dark world. Gracias hermana en Cristo

  6. I don’t like Facebook as too many people want to see your business know what your up too. I tried it once but no. People could tell all I was doing when I was on it who was my friends on it. Just like Whatsapp. People keep wanting to chat me all the time. Whatsapp I never started. I found Facebook was taking away my time with God. As I put on my phone incase my late Mum would want me. Then my phone would flash to say so and so wants to talk to you on Facebook. I find myself spending more time on it than with God and his word the Bible and Prayer. It took over my life. I began to disagree with my friends as they said. It will do you no harm. All your doing is chatting to your friends and cousins. I had to say no. God through his Holy Spirit began to speak to me in Love. If it taking away from your time with me. Get rid of it. I was getting ruther and ruther away from God. As I was spending less and less time with God reading his word the Bible and prayer. More time on Facebook. It became more important to me than God. So I had to delete it. As I knew God would Judge me for this. I had to listen to his Holy Spirit. Do what it said. Give it up. I am glad I did. I glad I listened to God. As his word more important. I wouldn’t have Facebook about me again.

  7. Excellent post… here in Canada…there seems to be such anger and prejudice during this time of rail blockades…I hear and see christians reacting in a very ungodly way and I can hardly believe they actually following Christ. The oil problem in Alberta has definitely brought out the worst in some humans I am so sad to say.
    Thankyou. I am laying my life before God as I ponder your post for myself.May God open our hearts and hands to LOVE his way.

  8. Michelle,

    This world is so divisive & hatred seems rampant. Can’t stand to hear all this crap. That is why I don’t do much social media. When responding to Facebook posts I choose the high road. You will see an AMEN or Right on. Nothing negative. I may disagree with you, but you won’t know it. Not losing my testimony over something trivial. In fact I have a co-worker whom I don’t care for. Her work ethic isn’t what it should be. She had cancer surgery Feb 12. I have been praying for her. Asking God to heal her & yes telling Him how I feel. That way I get to shower this world with some of God’s love. This world needs more people who can love everyone no matter what-skin color, nationality, etc. It should not matter. It didn’t to Jesus. He even talked to Women-Samaritan women at that. We would do well in this Lenten season to agree to disagree in love. Knowing Jesus made us each unique. Let’s all try to be kind & loving towards others & see how they treat us.

    Blessings 🙂

  9. As our world seemingly promotes and practices anger in every facet of life, your reminder is sorely needed, Ms. Reyes.
    Thank you!
    Wraparound Blessings

  10. It spoke to me. I Have been a victim. But I have been at the attacking end too. This was meant for me. Thanks for posting this.