Good Morning and Happy Monday!!! This is your encouraging word of the week:)
Choose Love in Difficult Times (WEEK #2)
"Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God."
1 John 4: 7
Choose to love today!
Sometimes it feels like news updates are coming every few minutes. When we give so much of our attention to events beyond our control, we can lose sight of the power that we do still have. We can choose how we respond to our circumstances. And perhaps even more important, even in the midst of those circumstances, we can choose how we treat others.
Recently, we were reminded about the time Jesus' disciples were afraid their boat might sink, but then He calmed the storm. Just like Jesus' disciples, we're all in the same boat with Jesus - but we're also in it with each other. And we can choose to encourage one another, to love each other, and to point each other back to Jesus.
Love each other, just as I have loved you. If you love each other, everyone will know that you are my disciples.
John 13:34 - 35
Here are 4 ways we can choose love:
1. Encourage one another - even when we can't be physically present, we can still call, text, email, connect on social media, attend church online (my church was Live Streaming today)
"Do not withhold good from those who deserve it when it's in your power to help them." Proverbs 3: 27
2. Support each other - check in with your neighbor, drop off a meal, pay for person behind you in the drive-thru
"...we should show our love by the things we do." 1 John 3: 18
3. Love each other - Jesus said that loving your neighbor was the second most important commandment. And in the parable of the Good Samaritan, He explained what He meant by that word, "neighbor." Paul even suggested we turn loving each other into a competition!!!
"Try to outdo yourselves in respect and honor of one another." Romans 12: 10
4. Point each other to Jesus - It's Jesus who calms our storms. But it's up to us to remind each other of God's promises. And to pray for one another. You can do both these thing - and more - in the same ways I mentioned in #1.
**Just remember: No matter what we may be going through, we're all in it together. We all live on the same planet. We all breathe the same air. Jesus said we would have troubles in this life. But he gave us His Spirit...and He gave us each other. Amen??? :)
Choose Faith Over Fear (WEEK #1)
"What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey Him?"
Matthew 8: 27
Cling to Jesus today!
The disciples were hanging out with Jesus on a boat when a life-threathening storm erupts on the water. They panic, yet Jesus is sleeping peacefully. Instead of looking at Jesus' reaction to the situation, they allowed it to dictate their reaction. After begging Jesus to calm the storm, He does, but not before asking them, "Why are you afraid?" His gentle rebuke over their lack of faith wasn't because they didn't believe Jesus could save them from the storm, but because they struggled to believe He would see them through it.
1. God has power over every storm.
2. Fixing your eyes on Jesus leads to peace.
3. Jesus is always in the boat!!!