Victory Vitamin Blog – John 16:33

“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 NIV

 

Money trouble, relationship trouble, health trouble, car trouble.  That list could get out of control.  Jesus takes a very matter of fact approach to earthly troubles.  He says, “Yup, you’re gonna have troubles in this world, but take heart!  I’ve overcome the world.”  In what way?  Does that mean we won’t have trouble anymore?  No.  Jesus acknowledges the fact that as long as we live in this world, we will have trouble.  His point is that in the midst of our troubles, we take heart, which means to have courage, to be comforted, and be of good cheer.  We live in the midst of troubles that have no bearing on our true happiness.  Our sins are forgiven, our eternity is secure, we’re just waiting for perfection to be delivered to us.  Faith in Jesus enables us to cheerfully overlook many of the things that would trouble us in this life.  We may have to deal with them on occasion, but they don’t need to trouble us.  Our eternal happiness is guaranteed in Jesus.  Cling to Him, press on, and take heart.  Our present troubles aren’t worth comparing with the glory we’ll enjoy in heaven.

Victory Vitamin Blog – John 13:34-35

“As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” 

-John 13:34-35 NIV

It’s clear from Jesus’ words that we are to love others.  In fact, we MUST.  What may not be as clear is how we are to love others.  Jesus says we are to love others as He loved us.  How exactly did Jesus love us?  He loved us by sacrificing, suffering, and dying.  Now, hold the phones.  I’m not saying you need to die to show your love for others, that likely wouldn’t do them any good.  The point is that as you put love into action for the benefit of others, you will likely have to make sacrifices of your time and your money.  You may be inconvenienced, you may experience suffering.  Real love isn’t easy, just ask Jesus.  Jesus gives us a new command, and it is that we must love other people.  We don’t have to agree with them, enable them, or even like them, but we must love them in action.  Sacrifice for their good.  Give of your time and energy.  Encourage, serve, provide, just as Jesus provided us with something we never would have acquired on our own, forgiveness and eternal life.