Like many of you, I personally know people affected by Hurricane Harvey. Loosing their homes and vehicles in just a day or two. I am amazed by my friend’s faith who lost everything, yet has God’s comfort and presence evident in her life. What a witness to her family and those around her. I know that I have been been boosted in my own faith by watching her testimony since the storm hit. In these trying times, we should act to render aid and comfort just as Jesus would to those who are hurting. It is estimated over 100,000 homes have been damaged or destroyed by this massive storm and subsequent deluge of rain.
As Christians, we must remember the way of love written about by our Apostle Paul. As Christians we can and should give our time and treasure, but most of all we should give with love.
1 Corinthians 13:1-13 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.
4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8 Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. 11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. 12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.
13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
We should be son’s and daughter’s of our high king and show Houston God’s love, peace, and hope. Love changes lives for eternity. Now go change some lives!
Bible References: The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. 2016 (1 Co 13:1–13). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.
Image Reference: By ABI image captured by NOAA’s GOES-16 satellite – RAMMB/CIRA SLIDER, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=61938876