Over the past few months and weeks, our state and our country have been feeling the pains of what has been a very trying and fear-filled 2020. COVID-19, race riots, race relations, job loss and financial burdens are amongst some of the top stressors in our lives today.
As believers, as followers of Jesus these “stresses” affect us in some very personal ways. I am reminded in Scripture that though I am feeling stressed and pushed at every seemingly painful pressure point in my life, God has called me to be light, to be salt, and to be His witness, His example of grace, mercy and love.
Brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus through faith alone, our call to the world hasn’t changed even though things are happening in our world that are seemingly spiraling out of control. God is in control. He will never forsake you or leave you. Stand firm and persevere in your walk and witness in Jesus Christ.
A famous preacher once stated something to the effect that a Christian’s biggest enemy of holiness (Christ-likeness) is complacency. Complacency robs the Christian of their hope, joy, peace, passion, and witness. And so today, I share with you words of Scripture for you to simply take to Jesus, meditate on and act upon new and fresh in your lives.
The apostle Paul in Romans writes: “ Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good.  Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.  Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord.  Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.  Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.  Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them.  Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.  Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly.(2) Never be wise in your own sight.  Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all.  If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all (Romans 12:9–18 ESV).”
May God work His truth into your lives in a new and fresh way this week.
Paul Osborne Jr. is Pastor at Lakeview Community Church in Hillman.