Love overcomes evil by doing good, and one of the marks of genuine love is that it is generous. Paul spells out what this looks like in Romans 12:9-21: Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not...
Our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ. (Titus 2:13)
I previously talked about how we are to recognize short-term uncertainty, and now I want to encourage you to rejoice in long term security that you have in Jesus Christ.
There is a piece by poet and journalist Steven Turner which I quote in part:
In heaven there will be no policemen, because there will be no crime.
There will be no soldiers, because there will be no war.
There will be no doctors, no surgeons, no nurses.
There will be no prison wardens, security guards, undertakers,
insurance salesmen, judges, watch-makers, fire-fighters, evangelists, gossip columnists, prostitutes or ambulance drivers.
Sin will be no more. It will not be in you and it will not be around you. Never again will you grieve your Savior. You’ll be a joy to Him and He will be a joy to you forever.
You will serve the Lord as you always wished you could. Never again will you be tired, weary or discouraged. And you will explore the joys of the new earth freed at last from the curse–no floods or raging fires, no storms, earthquakes or mudslides.
You will enjoy the blessings of a world where every person truly loves his sister and brother–no violence, no hatred, no fear.
And, you will enjoy this life in a resurrection body (modeled after the resurrection body of Jesus), in which the dark cloud of depression can never cast its shadow over you, the strong pull of temptation will never rise from within you, and the sharp anguish of pain will never torment you. You will be at home and at peace in this body.
Right now we sometimes groan inwardly. That is why we yearn as we wait for the redemption of our bodies. But it was in this hope that we were saved (Romans 8:23-24). Old regrets that have haunted you will be gone forever.
All tears will be wiped from your eyes. There will be no death, no mourning, no crying, and no pain.
And then you will see the King in His beauty. Your eyes shall behold Him. In your flesh, you shall see God, and in His presence you will find fullness of joy.