God’s love for us is at the heart of the gospel. Our love for God will show a love for people. By having a heartfelt desire to build and encourage others, we can reflect Jesus at work in our lives by putting others before our wants and needs.
‘Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others before yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of others.’ Philippians 2:3
When we misinterpret the true meaning of love, we can find it extremely difficult to love others. Love is often thought to be a mere emotional response which is based on feelings. However, feelings can change, and we serve a Heavenly Father who never changes and always remains the same. (Hebrews 13:8)
‘Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave Himself up as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.’ Ephesians 5:1
We should take note of how God does not command us to feel love towards others, but make this an important part of how we live our lives. During these challenging and difficult times, it is important that we remember how much God loves us and we are led by His love.
As believers, one of the well-known promises of the Christian faith is that God provides.
We know it, and sing the old church hymns with choruses reminding us of this key promise. During the difficult times and periods when we feel contented and all is well, God will provide.
However, it can be easy to get caught in the noise of the current world dilemma of corona virus, and take the impetuous action to lose sight of God’s promises. From feelings of fear, distress and pessimistic thoughts, our mind can become clouded to think that God’s promises are false, and He does not provide due to how we are feeling.
The fact of the matter is, feelings are fleeting and God’s Word still stands. God will always provide for His children because He loves us dearly, and wants us to come to know of His love. When we look at God’s Word, He reminds us that He will always provide.
‘And my God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus’ Philippians 4:19
Welcome to The Word Is Out Blog! Hi there! I’m Christine Emelone, an author who has a passion for writing Christian books about faith and trusting in Jesus.
I’ve really struggled with sin and living by faith in the past. The thought of submitting to Jesus and handing my fears over to Him seemed odd to me. I thought, ‘My life is a mess. God wants to have a relationship with me, like seriously?’ But now, in seeing His goodness in showing me how I can overcome my sin, I’m so glad I did. God knows we aren’t perfect, and He still loves us unconditionally.
Without a doubt, the world is swiftly changing, and we can feel like God is distant and not working in the places we know and love around us. This can leave us filled with doubt, fear and worries. When we feel pessimistic and down, it can be difficult to share our faith and encourage one another with God’s Word. But the question is:
How will you respond to the situation in our world?
This blog is to share our faith as Christians and remind ourselves of God’s Word. In the coming weeks, I’ll be covering topics twice a week, such as God’s promises and our identity in Christ. In these difficult times, we should encourage each other as believers in the faith, and share our thoughts about living for Christ.
I love how writing gives me the chance to praise and glorify God for His grace and kindness, and I hope to achieve this in this blog. It would be great for us to share ideas and stay connected so that we don’t miss out on posts from The Word is Out!