Sunday morning I noticed that my friend and brother, Jack Frederick, had posted something on Facebook that I believe needs to be shared with others. Here is a slightly condensed version of Jack’s post.
Please remember the disciples in Russia and Ukraine during the troubling times in Crimea. And I say to all whom I love in these two nations, I am praying for you and I plead with you to keep your eyes fixed on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith (Heb 12:1-3). The hearts of your brothers and sisters are with you; you are our family and you are precious to us
It is difficult to avoid being caught up in this world, in political and military situations. I know that what you are enduring is not simple or easy, but God has chosen you to show us how to bring good from challenging times and how to be like Jesus in hardships. Do not lose heart, the mighty God is in control of the nations and is more powerful than leaders. Americans do not define what is right, nor do other nations. Our almighty God is right. I pray that you will do everything from a pure heart because of your love for God and love for one another. Consider Paul's words in Ephesians 4:29, so that in everything you say and do that you are seeking to build up others...brothers and sisters and non-believers alike. "Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves" (Philippians 2:3).
I love each of you and I pray for peace so the good news about Jesus can go into all the world. I pray for the leaders of our nations such as Mr. Putin and Mr. Obama, as the scripture teaches we should (1 Tim 2:1ff) and because they are responsible to our Father. I spoke with some of you today; I know this is a very emotional time. "Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings" (1 Peter 5:8-9). And "Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling" (1 Peter 4:8-9).
Jack’s heartfelt words truly express a kingdom spirit. May we join him in praying and encouraging others.