……”And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us” (Romans 5:5).
People everywhere are hungry for love, acceptance, and forgiveness. People of every age and walk of life need genuine, caring relationships. However some of God’s children have lost confidence in each other for reasons related to past disappointments. Avoiding close friendships, they’d rather build emotional walls to protect themselves from experiencing any more pain. “In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration…” (John 16:33 TANT). These are the things that abound in the world. The devil has nothing better to offer than frustration, distress and the like. Living within the fortress of self-isolation, many have learnt to accept loneliness rather than risk the pain of emotional involvement; but isolation and loneliness are not God’s will for you. You need to reach out to people in the true sense of God’s love and care for them with a sincere heart. You need to build relationships with people in a way thatcommunicates the love of God. Sometimes, you just have to let go of your pride, prejudice and superstition; let go of the hurtful personal experiences and sentiments you have harboured for so long. When you let go of such things and let the love of God take their place and flow from your heart to touch others, the Holy Spirit will manifest Himself in you tremendously, and affect the lives of people through you.
F U RT H E R S T U DY : P H I L I P P I A N S 1:9-11;
1 T H E S S A LO N I A N S 3:12
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