by: Cindy Ford
“It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.” (ESV)
Yesterday I got a phone call from one of my dearest family members. She was worried and upset about many things; her job, an upcoming health test, financial strains and additional life responsibilities. While holding back tears, she was comfortable to express her concerns while I listened. Once she was finished, I asked if she was reading her devotions, praying and attending worship services? She admitted that she had fallen behind in these healthy spiritual practices.
Truly the flesh is no help at all! The day to day worries of this life are overwhelming and designed to distract us from our constant need for the leadership and presence of a loving Savior. In John 16:33, Jesus continues this teaching, expressing that in this life we will have many troubles but that He came to bring us peace and that He has overcome the world! If you are reading this, you probably understand and desire the peace that comes through the Word of God.
Although the troubles of this life do not miraculously disappear when we read scripture, we are however able to feel the peace of God wash over us when we sit at the feet of the Father and feel His love. Who in your life calls you with their burdens? Do you listen to them? Are they able to trust you with their hurts?
To share the Love of God, our friends and family members must first see and feel Christ’s love for them through our presence in their lives. Only then are we able to share our faith and extend true peace to the hurting.
First Church Director of Children’s Ministry