This week’s blog has looked into the actions of Job’s three friends upon their arrival to visit Job after hearing of his affliction. Let’s quickly review. Job 2:12-13 records: “And when they raised their eyes from afar, and did not recognize him, they lifted their voices and wept and each one tore his robe and sprinkle dust on his head toward heaven. So they sat down with him on the ground seven days and seven nights, and no one spoke a word to him, for they saw his grief was very great.”
I believe there are moments when we should abstain from conversation and simply listen to God. The Bible instructs us to do so (Psalm 46:10). There is no doubt that Job was performing this discipline while under great affliction from Satan. But how can we interact with such a person and offer Godly encouragement? When is the right time to do so? I do sense that sooner than later always is best.
With this thought in mind, I encourage each of us to call upon the resources that God has granted to every believer. So we have been looking at four things about God promises each believer as found in 2 Timothy 1:7. Today brings about the third truth found in this verse. God has given us the a spirit of love. Love is a tremendous gift. The Apostle Paul claims that love is far superior than all things (1 Corinthians 13: 13). If the believer permits the love of God to prevail in their walk of faith; then love requires us to be proactive.
The world has misconstrued the actual meaning of love. We use the word to express our satisfaction in many earthly desires. If we hold to a biblical perspective, our definition of love and actions are driven closer to the truest definition of this word (Agapē). This Greek word suggests that we extend a love which conveys the thought of pure love. Since God has given every believer the power of love and love is the above everything else; how much more do you believe that God is prepared to demonstrate love through your compassion towards a friend? Ask God to help you today to visualize the burdens that many of your friends are carrying. It will be the first step to experience the power of love as God intended. Suppress the element of fear through prayer and Bible study. Permit the Holy Spirit to use you as you offer encouragement. I invite additional thoughts or testimonies of practical occurrences that you may have experienced. Until tomorrow, grace and peace.