"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." John 15:13
As Christians it should be our mission to follow the commandments of God and be obedient to Him. In many instances we do not even hesitate to do the things that God has directed us to do, but then there are times when we must intentional about the things The Lord has asked us to do. Jesus reminds us the greatest commandment is that we love The Lord God with all of our hearts, souls, and strength, and the second is like it that we would love our neighbors as we love ourselves.
In The Midst Of Trouble
"Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive me: thou shalt stretch forth thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies, and thy right hand shall save me." Psalm 138:7
The song Amazing Grace has a line that says, “through many dangers toils, and snares I have already come and it was grace that has led me safe this far and grace shall lead me on.” We all can relate to this line, because we have all been through some things in our lives. Some of us have been through more than others, but through everything we have been through God has seen us through.
"Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen." Matthew 28:20
There are going to be times in all of our lives when we are going to feel like we are all alone. When we go through those difficult times in life it can feel very lonely, and no one seemingly understands what we are going through. We look around and try to find somebody to talk to who will understand the struggles, and we discover there is probably no one who will understand because of the enormity of our issue.
“Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!” 1 Chronicles 16:34 (ESV)
As we celebrate Thanksgiving today with family and friends each of us has many things that we can be thankful for. Today should not be about those trivial things that may be happening around us, but just a time to pause and realize how blessed we are. Some of us will use this day to give back to others that are less fortunate than ourselves, and others will gather with family to reconnect and share the blessings that God has been doing in their lives, and others will participate in retail therapy; however we spend this day we should begin and end it with thanks to The Lord.