Good Shepherd

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Since God is love and love drives out fear…be at peace.

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Listen to my song “I Will Give You Rest” on YouTube by clicking HERE.

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John 8:31-32

Jesus then said to those Jews who believed in him, “If you remain in my word, you will truly be my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

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Many people are now living in fear of the Coronavirus.

While concern is a necessity, fear is not.

As it says in scripture, “There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear” (1 John 4:18).

Love is the perfect antidote.

Jesus said the greatest commandments were to love God with all your heart, soul and mind and to love your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 22:37-39).

In order to love God, my neighbors (meaning everyone), and myself, I must be in relationship with God, others, and my true self.

For this to happen, I must remove all the obstacles to these loving relationships.

Take an inventory of all the things that stand in the way of these relationships.

Many times the obstacles are things that my ego desires for purely self-centered reasons.

One sure way to be free is to follow Jesus.

He tells us that to be good followers we must remain in his word and then we would know the truth and that the truth would set us free.

Read the words of Jesus in the gospels. Read especially the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:3-12):

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted.

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land.

Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.

Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.

Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you [falsely] because of me.

Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven.”

This is God’s truth.

Live it…and be free!

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Listen to the song of the day “I Will Give You Rest” on the Live to Love album by clicking HERE.

Stream and/or purchase my songs on Amazon Music by clicking HERE.

Purchase my book “Mercy Reigns: A Daily Devotional of Compassion, Comfort and Healing” by clicking HERE.

Remember…God loves you!

About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, author, activist, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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