“How to respond to the virus crisis”

Devotional for the Thames Valley churches of Christ

We are called to:

  1. Prayer in place of anxiety (James 5:13-15; Philippians 4:6).
  2. Empathy and compassion for those suffering (Matthew 9:36; Mark 5:34).
  3. Action to comfort where we can (2 Corinthians 1:4; Matthew 14:14).
  4. Making the most of every opportunity – sharing about the comfort Jesus can bring for those who don’t yet know him (Acts 16:22-36).

What we don’t know about the virus is not as important as what we do know about Jesus.

We know that the ultimate victory is his:

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33 NIV11)

We also know that nothing in this world can separate us from the love of Christ:

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?” (Romans 8:35 NIV11)

It is sobering to see what is going on around the world as a reaction to the virus.
Not only the deaths, illnesses and physical pain, but also the emotional anxiety and even panic.

Let’s do our best to be people who are alert to the realities of the consequences of the virus, and connected with people in their pain. Yet, also, to be those people who have a genuine hope and do not live in fear.

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“Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.” (Psalms 100:2 NIV11)

God bless, Malcolm

PS: You might also be interested in my book: “An elephant’s swimming pool”, a devotional look at the Gospel of John