The recent shooting in Norway has caused a lot of anguish and retrospect for Norwegians and for many around the world. How can we support our Norwegian brothers and sisters? How is such a heinous crime even possible anyway? Who could possibly do such a thing? How can he ever be forgiven?
The Bible says: “But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.”
Who is this promise for? All people. Because all people are God’s people. What is the most important element of God’s law? Its love. Love that brings forgiveness, justice, peace, and security.
Because His law of love is in all our hearts, we can <strong>all</strong> feel it right now. And especially those to whom this tragedy has hit nearest. Because Her love is in our hearts, we can all feel God’s law of safety and protection right now–right where there is a lot of fear. It means we can all feel God’s comfort and peace–and even joy!–though there might seem to be good reason for feeling sorrow and loss. It means we can all feel the tender embrace of our Mother/Father. We can feel God’s love inside us and coming from others. And we will express more of God’s love to those around us– even to those who may have tried to have harmed us. God’s law of forgiveness is in our hearts just as it was in Jesus’ heart when he prayed for his crucifiers–whom he knew could never harm him. He prayed, “Father, forgive them. They don’t know what they are doing.”
At some point–in this life or in some future one–the perpetrator will realize that God’s law of love is in his heart, too. He will recognize the evil that he has done. That he was tricked by evil into doing something that really goes against the law of Love that is in his heart. Others will be able to forgive him. He will be able to forgive himself. And he will go on to bless others.
An excellent example of the forgiving and reforming power of Love is that of the life of Saul– a killer– who turned into Paul the Apostle–a healer and helper of mankind whose words still help mankind today. God’s love will reform this perpetrator, too. And it could happen today!