“There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not reached perfection in love.” 1 John 4:18
When the news of the day, the reality of natural disasters and the challenges we face in our personal lives attempt to fill us with fear, go to Jesus in prayer. God have mercy. Christ have mercy. Claim God’s love, presence, mercy and grace for your future. Remember that you serve an eternal and living God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
In the last three months, we in North America have experienced many natural disasters and, sadly, man-initiated tragedies. There have been wild fires that have destroyed homes, lives, and beautiful landscapes. There have been earthquakes that rocked cities claiming lives as well as livelihoods. We experienced and witnessed the devastation of three hurricanes and resulting flooding within the last two months. And now, as I write this article, each report of the news from Las Vegas adds to the death toll of a mass shooting at a country music event where people gathered just to enjoy life. In the midst of all of this, our own nation is experiencing racial and political divisions that break the heart of God. And our world is facing tensions that it has never witnessed before.
Church, this is our time. We can offer a witness of hope to our brothers and sisters who are in despair. Remember, we serve a present and ever faithful God. Our Lord is the source of our life, strength, and our ministry in our homes, our church, our community, and in God’s larger world. We who call ourselves Christians, Christ-followers, are called to be healing reminders of the redeeming, saving, and transforming love of God in and through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Every opportunity God gives us day by day, hour by hour, minute by minute, let us join together in witnessing to the living God of hope and love. Our story is God’s history in our own personal lives. God’s been present with you, right? Just tell your story!
In Romans 8:38 the apostle Paul writes: “And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.”
I’m praying that the God of comfort and the creator of the universe will send us out into his hurting and broken world. I pray that each of us will be God’s healing reminder of Christ’s unconditional, transforming and redeeming love. “Perfect love casts out fear.”
Counting on love,