Look what the Lord has done.

Holy Scripture reminds us to tell the good things the Lord has done. One such account involved a man who had received some miraculous help from Jesus. Jesus said, "Go home to your friends, and tell them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He has had compassion on you" (Mark 5:19, NKJ).

If you have yielded your life to Jesus, have invited him in and declared him as savior, be encouraged to tell your friends what the Lord has done.

This world has more than enough bad news, and it can be difficult at times to focus on the good things of the Lord. But focusing on him brings a peace of heart in the midst of hard and difficult times. The word of God tells us sin in general will get worse and worse, yet we have this promise from Jesus saying, "These things I have spoken to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world, you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world" (John 16:33, NKJ).

We are in this world, but we are not of this world. This world is not our home; we are simply passing through and are to make an effectual difference while here.

The best way to do that is to tell your friends and others whose paths we cross of the goodness of the Lord. "God is good; He's a stronghold in the time of trouble, and He knows those who trust in Him" (Nahum 1:70). These are troubled times, but the good news is God has not changed. He is the same yesterday, today and forever.

You can count on that, and what you see Jesus do in Scripture is the very same thing God will do for us today as Jesus said to his disciples, "If you have seen me, you have seen the Father" (John 14:9).

My life is not perfect, but I know someone who is -- my wife. Just kidding. As she would tell you, it is not her, but the Jesus we both know. We struggle in everyday life just like anyone else, yet we have this God-given peace in this not-so-peaceful world, and we really like to share that peace with our friends and family.

My point is this, if you are a believer in Christ, you have a right to live in this world with a peace that passes all understanding.

Jesus wants us to tell our friends a couple of things: First, there is a God who loves them and has compassion toward them. In addition, what he has done for others he will do for them. And beyond that, he will do it repeatedly.

Look what the Lord has done.

"Let not your hearts be troubled" (John 14:1, NLT).

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