Jesus came as the Light into the world. Yes, He came to expose sin, but He also came to expose Truth. God does not wish for us to walk around stumbling through the darkness; He gave us the Light (Jesus) to follow. This simple object lesson also reminds us that it is in the light that we experience all the wonder of God!
Know that fear is not from God. God can handle anything you are afraid of. “Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10 The best way to overcome fear is to memorize His word and know God is bigger than any fear!!
Jesus was with his closest group of friends, the twelve disciples. It was their last meal together, their last supper. Jesus knew he was going to die the next day, and his disciples sensed it as well. During the past three years, Jesus and his disciples had become very good friends, walking together, talking together, fishing together, sailing together, hanging out together. Jesus was not only their Master, Lord and King, but Jesus had become their good friend, someone they could trust, someone they could count on, someone who would not put them down.
God gives us some help in Matthew 5:44. “Love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!” That kind of sounds like an impossible task. He tells us to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us. That goes against what most of us want to do. We want to get even when someone treats us wrong. But the Bible says to love our enemies. That means that we don’t have to love our enemies on our own. God will give us the love to love our enemies with. God doesn’t ask us to do something that he doesn’t give us the power to do. So no matter what a mean person has done to you, and no matter how bad someone might have hurt you, you still have the responsibility to respond back to them in love. Its just up to you to believe it and tap into that love that is on the inside of you.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. What it means: You are created in the image of God, and God doesn’t make junk! Like a snowflake, every person is unique. No two are the same. God sees you as a masterpiece; and when you look in the mirror, He wants you to “know that full well.” Try this beauty tip: Every morning when you look in the mirror, say Psalm 139:14 and smile. You might even tape the verse on your mirror as a reminder!