Can People Do This To Me??
We have been listening to teaching on Philippians 4 verse 9 “Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me, put it into practice and the God of peace will be with you”.
A real challenge comes through this verse that asks “Can people do this to me”? It’s a spiritual challenge to us who trust and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as their Saviour because it comes from God through his word The Bible and works in us by the prompting of the Holy Spirit.
We can all be challenged in as much as the first command is “To love God with all our hearts, soul and mind” and the second “To love our neighbour as ourselves” Matthew 22 verse 37-39.
The BIG question is “Can people do this to me?”
What do they see or hear and what is deep within our hearts when we think and speak to and about people?
If you are a Christian and share the good news of Jesus’ death for us because of His great mercy and love for us, do people see His mercy and love in you?
Are we the neighbour we should be?
The challenge is HUGE in these present times when everyone as far as is humanly possible is avoiding their neighbour, keeping their distance and covering their face.
What lies behind the ‘mask’ of each of us? At this moment in time we all need to have hope and the word of God gives hope to those who put their trust in Jesus as their personal Saviour and Lord. He promises:
“I will never leave you nor forsake you” Hebrews 13 verse 5.
“Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death. You (God) are with me” Psalm 23.
Some ‘neighbours’ have gone through the valley, some are still in it, but God’s presence can be felt if we put into practice what we have learnt.
“The good ‘neighbour’ shows the fruit of the Holy Spirit Love, joy, peace, gentleness, kindness, goodness, patience, faithfulness and self-control, against such things there is no law”; Gal 5 verse 22, so no restrictions.
How am I doing? How are you doing as a ‘neighbour’?
The tell-tell sign will be “the knowing of God’s peace in these times.”
Have you got it???
Paul and Sandra
Puerto Lumbreras Christian Fellowship
Tel 619 453 283