I personally do not watch the news, but I get snippets of what’s going on when I get on the internet or listen to people talk about it. Why don’t I watch the news you ask? Because I never saw Jesus focus on what was happening around him, he merely did what the Father sent him to do; love.
When the disciples asked, he told them what would happen in days to come, but it was only to prepare them, not to cause them to fear. The things I see ‘Christians’ posting today are both critical and judgmental and I think that’s a shame. While you’re casting judgements, God is looking for those who will stand in the gap and pray. To intercede for the lost, that they may find the one who can deliver them from the fear they face.
I John 4:17-18 GW says, “God’s love has reached its goal in us. So we look ahead with confidence to the day of judgment. While we are in this world, we are exactly like him with regard to love. No fear exists where his love is. Rather, perfect love gets rid of fear, because fear involves punishment. The person who lives in fear doesn’t have perfect love.”
It’s our job as Christians to be love, so much so that there is no fear in us or around us. Fear brings torment, but perfect love casts out fear. Take a long look at yourself and be honest, what do you speak? Where is your focus? Are you instilling fear or oozing love? Our purpose isn’t to state the obvious, ours is to give ourselves to the Word and prayer. Not praying out of fear but for love of the lost.
The more you read the Word and find time to satisfy your soul in His presence, the more people will be drawn to the peace and love in you. The things we speak should build up and edify each other, not tear down and fixate on world events. There is One who knows all and He said to go out and make disciples, heal the sick, raise the dead. If more Christians would be doers of the Word and not just hearers, perhaps we’d be carriers of love instead of fear.
Father, today as I go my way and do what I must do, may Your love ooze from my pores and permeate everyone I come in contact with. May Your peace overwhelm me and melt away the fear of those who don’t know You. Most of all, may I make disciples for Your Kingdom and Your glory. Use me to spread Your love like a blanket, putting out the flames of hatred and fear. I am only one, but if You are for me, who can be against me. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.