Patriarch Sabbah: 'God loves us… so we do not surrender to fear'

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Patriarch Sabbah: 'God loves us… so we do not surrender to fear'
Saint John the apostle, said in his first letter: “Love consists in this: it is not we who loved God, but God loved us and sent His Son to expiate our sins. 11 My dear friends, if God loved us so much, we too should love one another (1 John 4: 10-11). He also said: “For this is how God loved the world: he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life (John 3: 16).

In this time of pandemic and distress, it is good to remember this truth: God loves us. God’ fundamental relation with us is the relation of creation and love. God creates us in every moment. He cares for us in every moment. He loves us in every moment. Therefore, we put in His hands our concerns, the concerns of our people and of the whole world, and we simply pray the prayer we learned from Jesus Christ, the Eternal Word of God;

'Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen”.

Being sure that God loves us, we remain strong, we do not surrender to panic and fear. The believer must not be afraid. And, we reflect on the events. What does God want to tell us because every event in our lives is a word from Him, to each and every one of us? The events we experience today, with the whole world, are also a word for each of us. Let each one of us ask oneself: How do I behave with God, our Father? How do I behave with all my brothers and sisters in humanity? Let us repent and turn everything in us into "love", the same as God is love, and love will create a new world.

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