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God Is Bigger Than

“God is bigger than...” Covid-19. Do you and I really believe this statement?

By now, a global pandemic has unimaginably altered the way we live in a few short weeks. We are told that by self isolating, we can “flatten the curve.” That we may be able to save lives this way. And this new normal is scary.

While grocery shopping, the anxiety and panic in people’s eyes and their body language is palpable. It can be difficult not to get drawn in to this fearful mentality.

But, I’m reminded often of how much God loves us human beings. He has all the power and strength we need to rise above our fear and uncertainty.

God is love. When we take up permanent residence in a life of love, we live in God and God lives in us. This way, love has the run of the house, becomes at home and mature in us, so that we’re free of worry on Judgment Day—our standing in the world is identical with Christ’s. There is no room in love for fear. Well-formed love banishes fear. Since fear is crippling, a fearful life—fear of death, fear of judgment—is one not yet fully formed in love. 1 John 4:17-18

Heavenly Father, our carefully constructed lives have been turned upside down in this season. Fear, panic, and strife abound as we are confronted with this enemy and our mortality. But, through it all, You remind us You are in control and You’ve got this! Your love for mankind is limitless. Your perfect love casts out fear! May we keep looking UP to seek wisdom, guidance, strength, and courage from Your abundant supply. Amen.

We, though, are going to love—love and be loved. First we were loved, now we love. He loved us first. If anyone boasts, “I love God,” and goes right on hating his brother or sister, thinking nothing of it, he is a liar. If he won’t love the person he can see, how can he love the God he can’t see? The command we have from Christ is blunt: Loving God includes loving people. You’ve got to love both. 1 John 4:19-21

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