John 15:12 “This is my command: Love each other as I have loved you.”
Well, we are almost all at the same point in our lives throughout the world. If we’re not needed at essential jobs or getting essentials for our home we are out of work and asked to stay at home. Locked down, quarantined, social separation. Whether one month, two weeks or even a week, many are trying to cope with the world around them. For some this is a time for spring cleaning, catching up on overdue home projects or even simply enjoying the rest. For others this can bring on anxiety, stress, nerves and frustration. So, now that we’re here, what do we do, where’s the new balance and how do we get through this?
Chuck Swindoll has said, “Attitude…It will make or break a company… a church… a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we embrace for that day. Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.”
I have said over the last couple of weeks that this virus going around the world is serious, and many have been affected by it physically and economically. If we spend all day watching the news or reading all that comes across our news feeds, it’s easy to get even more caught up and discouraged in the panic and fear. It’s easy to lose our trust in God. The longer it goes on the more we all begin to feel hopeless, scared and unsure. Some have even developed PTSD.
Today, let’s turn this quarantine around by starting with the idea of flipping our attitudes. How we respond is more important than money, circumstances, and many more earthly things that we place value on.
Let’s change hopelessness to hopefulness because God promises He will turn bad to good. “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” -Romans 8:28
No matter what is happening in our lives, we still have blessings from God. “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. In Christ, God has given us every spiritual blessing in the heavenly world.” -Ephesians 1:3
Being discontent in this lock down can be turned to contentment because we have Christ’s promise of strength to get us through all circumstances. “My dear friends, you have always obeyed God when I was with you. It is even more important that you obey now while I am away from you. Keep on working to complete your salvation with fear and trembling, because God is working in you to help you want to do and be able to do what pleases him.” -Philippians 2:12-13
We can flip fear to trust because God promises to hold our hands and help us. “I am the Lord your God, who holds your right hand, and I tell you, ‘Don’t be afraid. I will help you.” -Isaiah 41:13
Being sick or mourning the loss of a loved one at this time will be hard but cling to the promise of God. “But then I will bring health and healing to the people there. I will heal them and let them enjoy great peace and safety.” -Jeremiah 33:6
Take this time of separation and instead of burying yourself in a hole, find new ways to help each other through this time, as the Bible asks. “By helping each other with your troubles, you truly obey the law of Christ.” -Galatians 6:2
Instead of the selfish hoarding, let’s do as the Bible commands and if you have the means help others who don’t. “Give, and you will receive. You will be given much. Pressed down, shaken together, and running over, it will spill into your lap. The way you give to others is the way God will give to you.” -Luke 6:38
God is love it’s that simple. If we are to cope through this quarantine, we must cling to that promise. God loves us, although times are difficult, He will get us through. Remember that, “Where God’s love is, there is no fear, because God’s perfect love drives out fear.”
-1 John 4:18
Let’s begin our coping by opening scripture, turning to God and finding the promises to keep our attitudes positive. Today let’s all commit to have a good attitude no matter what comes our way. God’s still in control, all we have to do is trust. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”
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