Encourage

In these days of heightened awareness we know of many people who are struggling emotionally. One unkind act or thoughtless word, could push them down further. May every encounter we have with people, every text or email we send, every phone call we make, leave the recipient feeling better.

‘Let us consider how we may spur one another on towards love and good deeds.’ Hebrews 10:24

Sovereign Lord

Probably we cannot say it enough times. There is no-one like our God. There is no comparison with any other god. He is so great and so worthy of praise and adoration.

‘How great You are, Sovereign Lord! there is no-one like You and there is no God but You as we have heard with our own ears.’ Samuel 7:22

Lavished

‘See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called the children of God.’ 1 John 3:1

I love the word ‘lavished’. It sounds so generous. God hasn’t given to us grudgingly but lavishly. He’s given so much and so many gifts. So that we could be called the ‘children of God.’ Awesome.

Encourage

At these times everyone is suffering. No-one is exempt. If we could imagine ourselves in other people’s shoes, we could think where their hurt is and who is hurting. Then seek them out and encourage them. Where we are hurting, by helping others, it will help ourselves.

‘Encourage one another and build each other up. 1 Thessalonians 5:11

Not Alone

If we are alone in these times, life will be difficult. We are meant to be in groups and families. People who have no family of their own, can belong to God’s family as part of the church.

‘Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labour.’ Ecclesiastes 4:9

Don’t Give Up

More and more I’m finding the importance of perseverance. Maybe we commit to contacting someone regularly, but then we forget or are too busy. This means no perseverance. What about the promise we made to read the Bible regularly? It becomes too difficult and we stop. Perseverance is continuing when things are difficult.

‘If you remain in Me and My words remain in you, ask whatever you wish and it will be done for you.’ John 15:7

Trust in God

In the struggles do we sometimes forget the power of our God? Do we bring Him down to our level with our worries? At this moment I am looking at a book with 2,171 pages and every page proclaims His greatness.

‘I know whom I have believed and am convinced that He is able to guard what I’ve entrusted to Him for that day.’ 2 timothy 1:12

Take Heart

I’m not sure where your country is in recovering from the corona virus but we can take heart. We do not need to despair, God is with us whatever our circumstances. He know all about the situation and He is more than capable to cope with any crisis.

‘Therefore we do not lose heart, though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.’2 Corinthians 4:16