I may sound repetitive, but the Spirit leads me to continually remind us that we, as believers, must be restrained, disciplined, and vigilant. We should focus on Father God, Son Jesus, and the Holy Spirit! We need to work daily to be Christ-like, with a heart for serving others and efforts each day to stay spiritually aware of our own relationship with our Sovereign Lord.
This will give God glory, and that is our purpose in this life. As His children, we must do this together to overcome evil in our lives because Satan is running rampant, causing discontent, hatred, and violence. We look around and see illness, and racial and social injustice everywhere.
When giving the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus says of His Father: “He makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.” (Matthew 5:45b, ESV) Just before that, in v. 43-45a he reminded them: “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’
But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you that you may be children of your Father in heaven.”
God is both merciful and just. He is merciful when he gives sunshine and rain to everyone, not just those who follow him. He gives justice when he allows us to suffer the consequences of our choices to disobey, dishonor, and disrespect Him, others, and ourselves.
Christians have a choice to love like Jesus did. We are not puppets but we are asked to treat each other well so it might go well with us. “In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus…” (Philippians 2:5, NIV)
But how to get His mindset? Keep reading and acting on word of God.
Continue to seek Father God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit for truth, wisdom, and guidance in all things. Pray daily. Pray without ceasing. Be active and intentional about seeking God’s will instead of our own control, comfort, and convenience. In these ways we can be better to each other and choose godly leadership in our churches, cities, states, and countries. The Spirit will help us discern the truth so we can become doers of the Word, not hearers only.
Ask the Lord about your part in overcoming the globally spreading virus. Become a part of God’s healing process…a doer of the word, not a hearer only!
Recognize God loves you! Ask Him about your part in overcoming hatred of people who are different from us. Be part of God’s reconciliation process… a doer of the word, not a hearer only! Recognize God loves you! Ask about your part in overcoming political divides that prevent us from working together for the good of us all. Be part of God’s justice process… a doer of the word, not a hearer only! Recognize God loves you!
We need to take control of our thoughts. In all this unknown, we cannot allow fear to take over and move in feelings as of failure…change any thought from failure to success. Stop saying “Woe is me!” Instead say, “Even though I suffer, I am saved!” Choose God’s will! Be Christ-like with scripture and prayer we practice and seek God’s will over and in all we do.