Sunday, March 22, 2020

Christian Guidelines for Dealing with Coronavirus Pandemic

Study of Romans - continued:   Rom. 12:9-13

Love must be sincere, ie:  love for God and love for man..  See Matt. 22:34-40
How can this be applied to this Coronavirus situation?

#1.  Hate evil - all sin

#2.  Cling to good.

Now more specific:
#3.  Be devoted - to one another

#4.  Honor others above self - ie:  "don't be SELF-ish!!  (plenty of examples)

#5.  Keep Spiritual fervor (zeal in serving the Lord)  Don't let it subside.  2 Tim.1:6. (fan into flame the gift of God)

#6.  Be joyful - in hope.  Things (for OUR blessed community) are not THAT bad, and - things are going to get better.  (Christians can be sure of that).

#7.  Be patient - in tribulation!  Is that relevant today??  (Biblical cncet of parience includes endurance)

#8.  Be faithful in prayer - James 5:16 - prayer of righteous man is powerful and effective!

#9.  Share with those in need - (does this include TP???)  Heb. 13:16

#10.  Practice hospitality - Greek word is philo (love) + xenos (strangers).  Matt. 25:35-40 - (when you did this to the least of these, you did it to me.)

The challenge for the week - 
How to do #10 without violating social distancing.
Get creative.  In this day and age - texts, video messaging, phone calls, waves from a distance.  All can brighten the day of someone isolated or just staying in.

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