Covid 19 struck again – What to do now?
Are there evil people behind covid19? Are there forces that want to control humanity through vaccines? The questions may be interesting to some but are irrelevant to your everyday life. You have your life to live. It is God’s gift to you.
Covid 19 has left its mark on our everyday lives right now. Life is different with all the restrictions. But the wonderful thing is that the simple basic truths of God’s Word work at all times. All you need to do to live under God’s blessing is to practice ”basics.”
The greatest fruit that can ever come from our lives is love. The best thing you can do in a time like this is to keep walking in love. When you protect yourself from Covid19, when you follow the instructions to protect others, that is one way you show God’s love is in you. We have faith in God, but not a ”superstition” that says we cannot be infected. For a Christian, there is no room for arrogance.
God’s Word says that God’s love is already in your heart. But you need to receive love yourself, otherwise you will lack the ability to give love to others. You will love in the same way that you yourself feel loved, appreciated and encouraged!
What I write is a reminder. Read 1 Cor. 13 and ponder. Stop for a moment. Think about who you really are.
1. Prayer is a wonderful opportunity that God has given us. But it only works when God touches our hearts with His love. Prayer without love only becomes ”noise”.
2. Prophecies and the ministry of the Prophet are a blessing. But the Word says that it does not matter how much we know about God’s secrets and what the future holds, unless we act out of love. In the new covenant the prophet’s greatest task is to reveal Jesus Christ and his gospel. Not to predict or speculate about the future. The Prophet’s message is ”The Gospel – good news”.
3. The gift of faith is a blessing. Faith is trust in God, not trust in our own spirituality. Faith is transformed into blessing in only one way – through care, affection and genuine generosity towards those people you come in contact with.
4. As a Christian, you have the nature of God. God is the giver of all gifts. The same generosity exists in your new nature as a Christian. You never have to give anything to prove that you are good enough or to gain the acceptance of others. You give because you love. Not even martyrdom (willingness to die) matters if it is not based on love!
5. Frustration and irritation are not part of your new nature. Even if you experience others as ”difficult”, you can bear it. You look at other people with faith and confidence. People around you feel encouraged. You show interest in them!
6. You are no longer self-centered. In your new nature as a Christian, it becomes natural for you to forget yourself. You get your great joy in serving someone else. God has called you to help others into their calling (God’s wonderful thoughts for their future).
7. Your heart is faithful. Even when you feel discouraged, you stand firm in your mission to spread joy, faith, hope, and encouragement to the people (including those in the congregation) around you. You are a light in the darkness that spreads hope and warmth!
8. Life does not always feel fair. But you have a big heart to forgive. You do not let disappointment take root in your heart. You love and have your source in God even when you feel unjustly treated.
9. Our knowledge is very limited. Our minds can barely grasp a small fraction of God’s nature. With a lot of knowledge, some people become “wise in their own opinion”, arrogant and bully. You’re not like that. The knowledge you have about God flows out as love. You are warm, tender, soft-hearted and caring. You are grateful for all the blessings you have experienced. You’re not proud.
10. You are God’s love manifested to others!
The Excellence of Love (Ampl Bible)
If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not [a]love [for others growing out of God’s love for me], then I have become only a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal [just an annoying distraction].
And if I have the gift of prophecy [and speak a new message from God to the people], and understand all mysteries, and [possess] all knowledge; and if I have all [sufficient] faith so that I can remove mountains, but do not have love [reaching out to others], I am nothing.
If I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body [b]to be burned, but do not have love, it does me no good at all.
Love endures with patience and serenity, love is kind and thoughtful, and is not jealous or envious; love does not brag and is not proud or arrogant.
It is not rude; it is not self-seeking, it is not provoked [nor overly sensitive and easily angered]; it does not take into account a wrong endured.
It does not rejoice at injustice, but rejoices with the truth [when right and truth prevail].
Love bears all things [regardless of what comes], believes all things [looking for the best in each one], hopes all things [remaining steadfast during difficult times], endures all things [without weakening].
Love never fails [it never fades nor ends]. But as for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for the gift of special knowledge, it will pass away.
For we know in part, and we prophesy in part [for our knowledge is fragmentary and incomplete]. 10 But when that which is complete and perfect comes, that which is incomplete and partial will pass away.
When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things.
For now [in this time of imperfection] we see in a mirror dimly [a blurred reflection, a riddle, an enigma], but then [when the time of perfection comes we will see reality] face to face. Now I know in part [just in fragments], but then I will know fully, just as I have been fully known [by God]. 13 And now there remain: faith [abiding trust in God and His promises], hope [confident expectation of eternal salvation], love [unselfish love for others growing out of God’s love for me], these three [the choicest graces]; but the greatest of these is love.
// Tom Lipkin 11.101.2020