“And above all things have a fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins”. (1 Peter 4:8)
Specifically, this principle of life is addressed to Christians who experience suffering because of their faith.
Today I heard the dreadful news that 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians who had been kidnapped by ISIS militants were brutally murdered on a Libyan beach by being beheaded.
In response to this barbaric, evil mass murder, Egyptian war planes with the sanction of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi attacked ISIS targets in Libya. A spokesman on behalf of the Egyptian Armed Forces General Command stated on state radio that the air strikes were, ‘to avenge the bloodshed and to seek retribution’.
Forgiveness by bereaved relatives for such a calculated and deliberate act of mass murder is almost unimaginable. How can these merciless butchers be forgiven for their heinous crimes?
The one True God of love and justice will ultimately avenge their deaths.
Luke 18:7, 8 “And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? I tell you that He will avenge them speedily.”
Love requires justice.
Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria
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