Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4 NIV
The Lord will comfort us in the most difficult moments of our lives. He does this to strengthen and sustain us for the journey. He does it to develop compassion within us for those who are also suffering so that the same comfort we have received from the Lord, we will pour out upon them.
Many times when we are going through something hard we can feel overwhelmed. But we must remember where our strength comes from. It is the Lord who sustains us and His grace is sufficient for all things. He has given His word to sustain us and transform us. He is faithful 100 percent of the time.
Too many times we allow the discouragement of the enemy to creep into our hearts and minds. But we must recognize it for what it is and where it comes from. God is faithful. Today if you are suffering or going through a difficult time simply draw near to the Lord. Allow Him to minister to your heart and strengthen you for the journey. He has created you with destiny and purpose. By His mighty power and grace He will bring all things to pass.
“But he knows where I am going. And when he tests me, I will come out as pure as gold. For I have stayed on God’s paths; I have followed his ways and not turned aside.
Job 23:10-11 NLT
The Lord knows our every step. As we walk this journey with Him we will be tested throughout our lives. It is the testing we face that grows the faith that we have been given. God’s desire is that we would grow in Him. Our growth in Him is progressive and He is always taking us to deeper and greater places in Him.
God calls us to walk in obedience and this is only possible as we seek Him each day. As we abide in Him, He gives us the strength to accomplish all He has called us to and has created us for. Nothing in our lives happens by accident with the Lord, but everything has a divine purpose. We are called to hold fast to the faith we have in Christ and not to turn to the right or to the left.
The blessing and favor of the Lord rests upon us because of our faith in Jesus Christ. Nothing we have received from the Lord is earned by anything we have accomplished. It is simply a gift from Him because of the grace and mercy He has for us. Let us fix our eyes this day upon the Lord and continue to seek Him in greater ways. The time of His return draws ever nearer.
“My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.”
I John 3:18 NKJV
If we are to truly love as God has called us it requires action. Many will say that they love someone or they will even claim to love God. But if our actions don’t back up our words we are simply a liar.
God’s love is eternal and unconditional. As we walk with Him we become filled with His love. This is what truly defines us as disciples of Jesus Christ.
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. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:38-39 NLT
There is nothing that can separate us from the love of God. The love of God is relentless, it chases us down. The Lord desires to lavish His love upon us. He desires for us to walk in deep intimacy with Him and encounter His love in every area of our lives. He desires that we would become aware of His presence where ever we find ourselves.
The Lord lavishes His love upon us so that we will in turn lavish His love upon others. Jesus said that we would be known as His disciples because of the love that is at work within us. The love of God cannot be counterfeited. The love of God is unconditional and eternal. The love of God is unchanging. It is not based upon performance nor behavior. But as we come to know Christ in greater ways we come to know the depths of His love. As we come to know and encounter the love of Christ we will be changed for eternity.
“And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.”
Philippians 1:6 NLT
The work that God begins in our lives is finished by His power and His grace. Often times when we are following the Lord and waiting on His timing we can feel forgotten. But God is always faithful. As we seek Him each day He will establish every step. He has chosen us before the foundations of the earth and our lives are divinely designed. May we fix our eyes and our hearts upon Jesus each day. May we seek Him with our whole heart.
This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.
1 John 4:10 NLT
God first loved us. Every single one of us who have come to Christ have done so by the grace and mercy of God. It is the Holy Spirit who has drawn us and convicted our hearts. We have done nothing to earn salvation. God has saved us because of His love for us. Our lives should reflect His love for us as we in turn love those around us. So many in the world today are broken and hurting. What will truly draw people to a relationship with Jesus Christ in this hour is the love of God at work in us.
So many today don’t believe in God. The concept of a creator is rejected by many. But what people can’t deny is the love of God. When we choose to love the most unlovable person we are displaying the glory of God in us. What truly brings glory to the name of Jesus is the love of God at work in us. The love of God will drive us to take action. It won’t allow us to simply sit on the sideline and watch people suffer and die in their sin. It will drive us to reach out. In everything Jesus did He was driven by love and compassion. His heart broke for every person that He ministered too. May we be His hands and feet in this generation. May we speak the truth in love and do all things in love. He is coming soon and may we take advantage of every moment we have around those who are lost and broken.
Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves Him who begot also loves him who is begotten of Him. 2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments. 3 For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome. 4 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. 5 Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? 1 John 5:1-5
We are called to love our brothers and sisters in Christ. How can we truly claim to walk with Christ and not love our fellow brothers and sisters the Lord has laid His life down for. Yes there will be times when our fellow brothers and sisters offend us and may injure us because the body of Christ is made up of broken people. We need to view one another through the eyes of Jesus. As we abide in Him we will simply love as He loves.
We are called to love God and keep His commandments. His word is not a suggestion or a thought. His word has been given to us as directions and instructions for our own lives. As we walk with the Lord each day and walk according to His word we will naturally love our brothers and sisters.
The commandments of God are not burdensome or heavy. The Holy Spirit will empower us to walk in obedience, but we must make the choice to follow Him each day. If we fail to draw near and take part in His word and in the place of prayer we will fail to walk in obedience. But if we abide in Him, His blessing and favor will rest upon our lives.
We are called to overcome. We are not called to be a door mat for the enemy. We are not called to walk in defeat. But the only way we come to know who we are in Christ is by simply drawing near and diligently studying God’s word. As we diligently study God’s word our eyes will be open to the truth in greater ways. It is our faith in Jesus Christ that makes us victorious. The longer we walk with Him the more we come to understand we are nothing without Him.
The world we live in is dark, broken and fallen. It is impossible to overcome the world in our own strength. But Jesus told us in this world we will have trouble, but to fear not that He has overcome the world. When we come to faith in Jesus Christ we have overcome the world. Walking out the victory, freedom, and authority we have in Christ each day is simply a result of abiding in Him daily.
God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. 17 This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. 18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. 1 John 4:16b-18
God is love. Even though it is only three words it is a powerful statement and truth. Everything God does is because of love. The way He has so designed our lives is because of the love He has for us. If we are to truly walk with Christ and live in Him then we must be people of love. It is impossible to truly walk with Christ on a daily basis and not be filled with His love and be driven by His love.
We are called to be like Christ. The Christian journey is one of being transformed into the image of Christ. There are many who fear the judgement of God. But those who walk with Christ on a daily basis have nothing to fear. For in all that we do we will follow the leading of the Holy Spirit and be empowered by the Holy Spirit.
There is no fear in love. When we walk with Christ daily and are filled with the love of Christ, fear has no place in our lives. The reason we often succumb to fear is because we are trying to do things in our own strength and power. But when we are empowered by the Holy Spirit and filled with the love of Christ we will do everything out of the compassion of Christ. In everything Jesus did He was driven by compassion. In every heart He touched and on His way to the cross He did all things in love. It was love that held Him to the cross and it was love that led Him to lay down His life. To put it simply Jesus is love. May we abide in Him and become more and more like Him each day.