Choose love in difficult times

Sometimes it feels like news updates are coming every few minutes. When we give so much of our attention to events beyond our control, we can lose sight of the power we do still have. We can choose how we respond to our circumstances. And, perhaps even more importantly, even in the midst of those circumstances, we can choose how we treat others.

All people, regardless of faith affiliation, can choose to love in difficult times. Yet, for me, my Christian faith not only gives me specific direction but also a personal experience of joy in choosing to show and share God’s love, as well as receiving that love from others.

There was a time when Jesus’ disciples were afraid their boat might sink, but then He calmed the storm. Just like Jesus’ disciples, we’re all in the same boat with Jesus—but we’re also in it with each other. We can choose to encourage one another, to support each other, to love everyone, and to point each other back to Jesus.

Here are four ways we can choose love:

  1. Encourage one another: “Never walk away from someone who deserves help; your hand is God’s hand for that person (Proverbs 3:27).”

  1. Support each other: “Let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions. Our actions will show that we belong to the truth (1 John 3:18-19)...”

  2. Love each other: “Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other (Romans 12:10).”

  3. Point each other to Jesus: “For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes (Romans 1:16).”

It’s Jesus who calms our storms, but it’s up to us to remind each other of God’s promises and to pray for one another. You can do both these things, and more.

Just remember: No matter what we may be going through, we’re all in it together. We all live on the same planet. We all breathe the same air. Jesus said we would have troubles in this life, but He also gave us His Spirit…and He gave us each other. Those two things are more than enough!

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Rev. Karl Kruse, M.Div.

Written by Rev. Karl Kruse, M.Div.

Karl serves as chaplain at Care Suites of Edina, Highview Hills in Lakeville, and Havenwood of Burnsville. He received his M.Div. degree from Wartburg Seminary, his Bachelor's degree in biology from Augsburg College, and his Associate's degree from Golden Valley Lutheran College. Karl has served for more than 30 years as a pastor, missionary, teacher, and chaplain.

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