7 For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. 8 So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord, or ashamed of me his prisoner. But join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God, 9 who has saved us and called us to a holy life–not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, 10 but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. 11 And of this gospel I was appointed a herald and an apostle and a teacher. 12 That is why I am suffering as I am. Yet I am not ashamed, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day. 13 What you heard from me, keep as the pattern of sound teaching, with faith and love in Christ Jesus. 14 Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you–guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us. (2 Timothy 1:7-14 NIV)
Now that we devoted ourselves to God, He has given us the Holy Spirit to guide and empower us, as we share the love of God with others. There are many demands and influences in our world that try to get us to forsake loving God and others. We see actions by major corporations and institutions that forsake really caring about others as they make decisions that protect and benefit themselves; as those decisions plummet many into free fall of a financial ruin which leaves them scrambling to just survive. “Professionalism” contains a sense of disassociation which enables executives, businessmen and government officials to make decisions with no sense of responsibility for the outcome of those decisions on others. There has been a redefining of business ethics which has enabled the recent moves on Wall Street and financial institutions. This caused companies to take bail outs from the government while having expensive seminars and retreats; huge bonuses while the rank and file are taking concessions or losing their jobs. We see things like: Enron, Bernard Madoff, the mortgage debacle involving Countrywide, Fannie Mae and Bernie Mac. Financial organizations have made cuts to bonuses for junior bankers while leaving those for the higher echelon intact. This has created an atmosphere that has everyone looking out for themselves, because they feel no one else will. God’s word calls us to a higher style of living.
13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. 14 But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. 15 Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, of the devil. 16 For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. 17 But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. 18 Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness. (James 3:13-18 NIV)
When Jesus was walking on the earth He foretold that this would come:
12 Sin will be rampant everywhere, and the love of many will grow cold. 13 But those who endure to the end will be saved. (Matthew 24:12-13 NLT)
God compels us to love one another, even to love our enemies, to consider others before ourselves. When the worry and fear hits us let the perfection of God’s love at work in us overcome the trends, which are abandoning God’s will.
There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. (1 John 4:18 NIV)
We can be free to Love the way God wants us to. We can rest in knowing that when we obey Him He will take care of the rest.
“I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day.”