5 Ways To Choose Love Over Fear During The Coronavirus Outbreak
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Schools are closing, churches are being shut down, ceremonies and concerts are postponed, family members are being isolated and quarantined... a lot of what is happening throughout the world with the Coronavirus outbreak is terrifying.
We don't have to succumb to this worldwide panic; we can choose to see the light in this dark time.
We know with everything going on, it can be hard to see any light in today's world. But our God is still with us. He still offers us hope and faith when all that's left is fear. We don't have to succumb to this worldwide panic; we can choose to see the light in this dark time.
Here are five things we can do today that show we choose love.
By now, we've all heard about the panic shopping and hoarding. We've heard about people running out of their own necessities and not being able to purchase what they need because stores have been emptied.
However, the stories that aren't being shared all the time are the stories of hope. The stories of people sharing food and toiletries with the elderly or disabled. The ones of people still acting out of the kindness of their hearts to help their fellow person. These stories exist, and these are the ones we should be offering up during these dark times.
'For I know the plans that I have for you,' declares the LORD, 'plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29:11)
Everyone is scared right now. A lot of what we are experiencing is new and unknown territory. Children were pulled from school and don't really know what's going on. The elderly are told they need to stay indoors as much as possible and don't know when this self-isolation will end.
We need to remind our loved ones that the Lord will hold us tight when we are afraid. Even though we are scared now, He will keep us safe in our eternal life.
"Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the LORD your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you." (Deuteronomy 31:6)
It's easy to lose sight of what matters most during difficult times. It's easy to forget that we have been tested many times before in this life.
Instead of spreading more fear, let us work hard to spread our faith. Spread prayers and blessings. Remind our friends, family and neighbors that the Lord is our Savior and He will be our grace.
I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13)
The sick are being quarantined away from the public right now. But some are being kept in homes where not everyone was originally infected. Let us help our friends and family by offering to house those who are not sick, while those who are remain quarantined in the home.
Jesus doesn't shy away from people who are in need and we shouldn't either.
7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8 The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love. (1 John 4:7-8)
Shine Our Light
Above all else, we must remember to shine the light during this dark time. Let our faith burst through the clouds that weigh over our cities, states, and countries.
The Coronavirus is powerful and spreading at an unprecedented rate, but our faith is powerful too. Our faith has helped us through a lot and it can help us through this outbreak and panic.
Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, "I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life." (John 8:12)
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