(7) If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. (8) My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples. (9) Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love. — John 15:7-9 (NASB)
If you love Jesus, and have accepted Him as Lord and Savior, then you are “family.” When the people of Israel were told to gather in family groups at the Passover, even those who had no lamb for sacrifice were to be welcomed as their neighbor’s table under the covering of blood. If you love Jesus, then you are part of His family, covered by His blood from death. So regardless of your background, if you have accepted Jesus as Lord, you are “family.”
As part of that family, you are deserving of respect, honor, and love. Only in that way can we really lift one another up and encourage each other toward God‘s plan. Only with that kind of honor and love can we encourage one another when we are struggling in a trial. God is the giver of victory: Jesus’ name means “Savior.”
This morning we received a phone call about someone who was suffering from a terminal illness who had been asked by several people “when was she going to die.” My heart shuddered in grief. Such lack of respect and compassion should not pass the lips of family members. Those words left an echo in the woman’s heart–an echo of hopelessness.
Sometimes it is hard to know what to say to someone who is suffering, or who has had a terrible tragedy in their lives. But life and death are in the power of our tongues. God does ALL things well–sometimes we forget. The words we speak to others will echo in their minds, so compassion should be the focus we given them rather than judgment or fear or harshness. God gives the gift of life to us to operate through us. Let me repeat that: God gives the gift of life to us to operate through us!
Like the grapes that ripen to make new wine, anointing gives the power to break chains. Victory belongs to God’s family, no matter what the circumstance! We should always send forth that life-giving victory to anyone who is struggling. God loves us, and His tender touch is understanding, kind, patient, and gentle. If you are part of His Family you are guaranteed the victory, you are promised great and mighty help no matter what problem may come. Rejoice! Share that rejoicing with others! Show everyone that our God is Love!