To stop youth violence, Wilson must embrace God’s love

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I have a “Wilson: Simply Wonderful” sticker and a Barton College license plate holder on the back of my vehicle. To make Wilson “Simply Wonderful,” the violence must stop.

Parents we must guide and support our children to be adherent to the Wilson slogan. Morals and values must be taught in the home. Our priorities must be set. We have too many youths shooting at each other. We need to stop the violence.

I love the city of Wilson and want this to be a place of peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Parental guidance and Christian love are the solutions. Due to concern about children being shot in the last two weeks, I will revisit a letter I wrote to the editor a few years ago titled “An expression of love.” I had three points — what love is, what love is not and love is devoted to truth in everything.

• 1. Love is patient with people and gracious to them with generosity. Jesus said in John 15:12 “This is my commandment, that ye love one another, as I have loved you. The love we owe one another is described in Matthew 7:12, “Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.”

• 2. Love never envies, or brags, or is arrogant, since that is the opposite of selfless service to others. Never rude or overbearing, love never wants its own way, is not irritated or angered in personal offense and finds no pleasure in someone else’s sin, even the sin of an enemy.

• 3. Love is devoted to truth in everything; With regards to “all things” within God’s righteous and gracious will, love protects, believes, hopes and endures what others reject. For John 14:6 says “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

The word truth is used in Scripture in two ways: true as contrasted with false, and genuine as contrasted with unreal. God’s love is genuine. In Joshua 1:5 God says to Joshua “I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.” This is the same true love God has for us.

Greg Coley