Surrounded by Love

When an enemy decided to capture a city, they would surround it. That way they could cut off supplies and trade going in or out of the city. They could control the food and water and essentially just wait for the city to become too weak to exist. By simply cutting off contact with other people and what they supply they could defeat any enemy. This is why it is important we do not find ourselves surround by an enemy but by friends.
 
The positive side is when we are surrounded by friends and good things we grow. It is not just survival, but we experience the love and joy that comes from so many others around us. We would all like to think of ourselves as being able to stand on our own and we may even expect that from ourselves. But the truth is we don’t do well when it is the lowest expectations of survival. What could we do if we had the love of God surrounding us?  He fills our life with joy and peace as he gives us a different view of ourselves than we usually have.
 
Surrounded by love is more an understanding and spiritual reality than it is a physical one. When there are many people who care about us and love us, we feel close to them. We focus on the good things God brings and how those things are expressed through others. The redemption we find in Jesus and being filled with the Holy Spirit so that love, joy and peace are produced in our life is an indication of God’s great power at work.
 
We can choose to be surrounded by our past and allow one situation to override all the goodness around us. We remember one fault or failure and that becomes our focus. We cannot believe the love of God, but we focus on the sin or fault we see in ourselves. When we focus on God and his love, we see ourselves with the grace and love that God supplies rather than our past performance. This is why God’s emphasis is we live by faith and not by sight. We live by faith in what God makes of us through Jesus and being filled with his Spirit. (2Cor. 5:7) When we see God working we should see him working in us most of all.
 
Terry
Friday, August 23, 2019

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