“So we’re not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace. These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us. There’s far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can’t see now will last forever.” 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 MSG https://www.bible.com/97/2co.4.16-18.msg
“May the Lord lead your hearts into a full understanding and expression of the love of God and the patient endurance that comes from Christ.” 2 Thessalonians 3:5 NLT https://www.bible.com/116/2th.3.5.nlt
“Seek the Lord while you can find him. Call on him now while he is near. Let the wicked change their ways and banish the very thought of doing wrong. Let them turn to the Lord that he may have mercy on them. Yes, turn to our God, for he will forgive generously.”
Isaiah 55:6-7 NLT
God’s love is like the ocean it has a beginning but not an ending. Rick Warren
“As for my companion, he betrayed his friends; he broke his promises. His words are as smooth as butter, but in his heart is war. His words are as soothing as lotion, but underneath are daggers! Give your burdens to the Lord, and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.” Psalms 55:20-22 NLT https://www.bible.com/116/psa.55.20-22.nlt
“Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16 MSG https://www.bible.com/97/mat.5.14-16.msg
“My dear children, let’s not just talk about love; let’s practice real love. This is the only way we’ll know we’re living truly, living in God’s reality. It’s also the way to shut down debilitating self-criticism, even when there is something to it. For God is greater than our worried hearts and knows more about us than we do ourselves.” 1 John 3:18-20 MSG https://www.bible.com/97/1jn.3.18-20.msg
Practice Real love:
1. Call someone to see how they are doing.
2. When having a conversation let them talk and you listen.
3. Pick veggies from your garden, or fruit from your trees, or leftovers from dinner, and drop them off to someone that can use it.
4. When buying groceries purchase a few items for someone that is in need. Drop them off with a note thinking of you.
5. Send a card in the mail to cheer someone up.
Even during this pandemic, there are ways to help people feel loved. I was sick last weekend with the normal flu. Matthew, Ginger, and Lily came to the rescue. They left a basket on our doorstep with fun items to cheer me up. It contained a room deodorizer, candle, toilet paper, crossword puzzle, powder, Lysol toilet bowl cleaner, liquid hand wash, and Power Ade sports drink. I burst out laughing, but I felt special and loved by my friends.
Please take a moment to share an idea that we can do to show love to others! Thank you,
“So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls. But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves.
For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like.” James 1:21-24 NLT https://www.bible.com/116/jas.1.21-24.nlt
“Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.” Ephesians 6:13-18 MSG https://www.bible.com/97/eph.6.13-18.msg
Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith.” Galatians 6:3, 8-10 NLT https://www.bible.com/116/gal.6.3,8-10.nlt
“If you think you are too important to help someone, you are only fooling yourself. You are not that important.
God bless you, as you continue to help, serve, and love others through Jesus Christ. ❤️
“But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and the fruit of good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere. And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness.” James 3:17-18 NLT https://www.bible.com/116/jas.3.17-18.nlt
How do we become a peacemaker? Ask God for Godly wisdom. Being willing to surrender your carnal will to God’s will. And living by the Holy Spirit.
“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!
Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives. Let us not become conceited, or provoke one another, or be jealous of one another.” Galatians 5:22-23, 25-26 NLT https://www.bible.com/116/gal.5.22-23,25-26.nlt