Last month I wrote on v. 5, “Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.” I want to hit this verse again in light of recent happenings. I have been amazed at the response of the Emmanuel AME church community to the shooting which took place in their church almost 2 weeks ago. It would have been very easy for hatred to meet hatred. But that is not what has happened. The community has responded in love and restraint. Many people have acknowledged the racism which still exists in our country today. But instead of calling for violence in response, the church community has overcome this evil with the love of God. It is this kind of attitude which will begin to make a big difference in our world. How the people of Emmanuel AME have responded is a living testament of the teaching of their fallen pastor, and how they choose to live out their lives. May we learn such love!!!!