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Why You Should Love Your Neighbor

Love Your Neighbor as Yourself

Many of us Christians have heard the phrase “Love Your Neighbor As Yourself.” But what does it mean? Do we truly identify with the way Jesus Christ intended? Mark 12:31 says to “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Other parables to this verse can be found in Matthew 22:39, Galatians 5:14, Romans 13:9, and Luke 10:27. 

It directly follows his commandment of loving others as God loves us. In 1st Corinthians 10:24, it tells us, “No one should seek their own good, but the good of others.” Think of other people and what is best for them. Some people have a great fear of the unknown. We can be the ones who minister during the COVID 19 pandemic and help ease their mind a little. With these verses, you can plainly see what God wants from us. So, who is God referring to when he tells us to love our neighbors?  

Jesus teaches us that everyone in need is our neighbor, and we as Christians should do what we can within our means to help. Purchase a few extra groceries for a neighbor that may be struggling financially. And, offering moral and spiritual support to a family who has lost a loved one gives us the perfect opportunity to witness to unbelievers about the love of Jesus.

In Luke 10:25-29, an expert Pharisee of the religious law stood up to test Jesus. He asked Jesus a question, “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” and Jesus replied, “What does the law of Moses say?” and “How do you read it?” He answered, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all of your mind.  And, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. Right! ’ Jesus replied, “Do this, and you will live.”

The Good Samaritan

The Pharisee wanted to justify his actions, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” In Luke 10 30-37, Jesus begins his parable of the Good Samaritan. In this parable, Jesus talks about a man going down from Jerusalem to Jericho and being attacked by bandits. He was severely beaten, stripped of his clothing, and left half dead. 

The parable goes on to say that a priest happens to be going down the same road. When he saw the injured man, he passed by on the other side of the road. A Levite came by next and followed the same pattern as the priest. Then, a Samaritan traveled the same pattern, and when he saw the man, he took pity on him. The Good Samaritan bandaged his wounds, placed him onto his own donkey, and traveled him to an inn to care for him.

The very next day, he paid the innkeeper to look after him and made arrangements to pay any outstanding debt when he returns. After telling this parable to the Pharisee, Jesus asked him, “Which one of these three was a neighbor to the man?” The Pharisee answered, “The one who had mercy on him.”

So as you can see, whatever or whenever your neighbor is going through a difficult time in their life, we can love our neighbors as ourselves. Be an example of the love and compassion that Jesus Christ had for all mankind.

©All Rights Reserved – Cindy Beiler

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Fear of the Unknown During Covid-19

Fear of the Unknown

God gives us peace during these times of uncertainty. And, the fear of the unknown will diminish. Many of you are about to have your state reopened after the Covid-19 epidemic. While some of you may have already had this happen. Some states are opening up all at once, while others are taking it slow. You may be asking yourself, “What if there is another breakout? “or “Is it safe?” The fear of the unknown can cause more damage than the actual outbreak itself.

Fear, anxiety, and depression are real things that some may struggle with from time-to-time. In the New Testament, Hebrews 13:5 serves as a great relief of God’s promise, “he will never leave you or forsake you.” If God said it, who are we to doubt it. Gaining God’s wisdom during this time is crucial. As we go through these statewide changes, remember God will be with you every step of the way.

During The Old Testament times before Christ was born and sacrificed, challenges were amongst those who lived in those times. In Balaam’s second prophecy, Numbers 23:19, the Lord gives Balaam a message to relay to Balak, which reminds Balak that God has never made a promise that he has never kept.

How do You Strengthen Your Faith in God During Covid-19?

We are encouraged through God’s word to be content in every given situation, including what we face today. Prayer and leaning on God will provide you with strength and peace to see you through. Paul talks about this very thing in Philippians 4:12-13. Paul knew the only way to have physical power and fearlessness is through Christ, who strengthens us.

Sadly, some of you may have gotten this virus or know of someone who has passed away during the Covid-19 epidemic. You may have heard many friends and family members say, “may God be with you.” So, what does it mean when Christians say this very statement to you.

Many fellow Christians use this phrase in reference to Romans 8:10-11, where it talks about the Spirit of God living in you. If you have been made right with God, your Spirit will live on forever while your body dies. I pray for all who have lost a loved one during this virus to be filled with peace.

Allow God to Continue to Work in Your Life

As things transpire into the next phase, I pray that you allow God to continue to work in your life. 

One of my favorite poems is called “Footprints”; even though the poem is not technically in the bible, it talks about God walking with us and carrying us in our time of need, which is mentioned in Isaiah 46:4. Walking with God is a lifestyle that we live and can only be received through Jesus Christ.     

If you are tuning in as a new Christian or trying to make sense of God’s word, let’s understand together what God wants from us. God requires us to have confidence in him that he will lead the way. We just need to follow the path that he lays before us. If you need prayers for guidance, ask us, and our prayer team will be in touch with you.

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Cindy Beiler

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Gaining Wisdom of God in Reference to COVID-19

Wisdom of God

Our lives have all changed since the breakout of Covid-19. Some of you may be feeling depressed, anxious, or worried about your health, job, and loved ones. With all that weighing on your heart and mind, you still have the blessing and love of God. The Wisdom of God provides you with peace, hope, and guidance.

In Matthew 24, Jesus talks about the many signs that will lead up to the last days. There will be false prophets that will lead followers astray, wars, famines, and diseases, but all of this will only be the start of the horrors to come. But, there is no reason to have fear of the unknown during Covid-19.

Lean Towards God

It is crucial during this Covid-19 time that we lean towards God for our inspiration. So, what does the bible say about the Coronavirus Epidemic? If you’re a relatively new Christian, or just finding your way to eternal salvation, you may not realize yet that God is not silent; he speaks to us through his scriptures.

In Philippians 4:6, it talks about Paul’s final thoughts. The scripture says; do not worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more beautiful than the human mind can understand. 

Pray for Peace

If you are feeling depressed, anxious, or overwhelmed with the COVID-19 epidemic, then pray to God for peace alone or connect with other online Christian groups to pray for you.  Choosing to live by faith and not by sight requires you to enter into an unknown place; God will reveal your path as you walk along by his side. 

Deuteronomy 31:6  “be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord, your God goes with you; he will never leave you or forsake you.”  Walking by faith involves strong willpower to follow God’s plan.

As things progress to the next level of the Coronavirus, we all should thank God for the many blessings that are to come. Yes, there has been death, but God has brought peace to those who have suffered from COVID-19. 

None of us has the time when Jesus will return, but we already know that he overcame the world. In John, it talks about us having many trials and sorrows while we live here on Earth.

John 16:33 – “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on Earth, you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” 

He took the burden of our sins to the cross and died a sinner, even though he was not a sinner. We are facing life differently today. God talks about finding peace within him through Jesus Christ in the book of Acts.

Acts 10: 36 – I’m sure you have heard about the good news for the people of Israel; that, there is peace with God through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all.

I pray that whoever reads this message is filled with love and peace from the almighty gracious God.  

Yours Truly,

Cindy Beiler