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How to Live Generously in a World Under Siege

April 14, 2020

By now, everyone is feeling the impact of a global pandemic. Fear has become a daily reality as we are confronted with two main threats: (1) the straightforward threat of infection and the possible death of ourselves or someone we love, and (2) the threat of scarcity that triggers resource-based anxiety (which leads to hoarding).


When faced with real threats like these, it can be a simple reflex to want to protect yourself and those you love. But as we think about how to lead the Church through this time, is there any reason to think differently about this response?

In this video, Skye Jethani brings God’s resources to the reality of our fears.




Turning Outward Instead of Inward


In this video, Skye quotes Thomas Aquinas, who said that fear is a contracting impulse of the soul. Fear causes us to turn inward to focus only on ourselves. From this posture, we cannot love, give or serve others. “It drives compassion right out of our heart,” Aquinas said.

To be a Christian is to be grounded in the firm foundation of God’s love. In Romans 8:35, Paul asks:

“Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death?” (NLT) [Tweet This]


When faced with fear and anxiety in this pandemic, this question is worth rehearsing. “Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love?”

Paul’s answer has the potential to flood our hearts with the assurance of God’s love.

“I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (NLT)

The Chosen Generation


God has reached out to us in his generous grace and has revealed his love to us through Jesus’ taking on our humanity, through his actions, his words, his death, resurrection and ascension. To be in relationship with God through Jesus is to be secure in the love Paul describes in Romans 8.

"Grounded in the assurance of God’s love, we are then freed to shift from a posture of self-protection to one of self-giving, generous love." [Tweet This


We are the chosen generation right now to live and love others through this pandemic.

For further reflection


In this season, what might be triggering fresh feelings of fear and/or anxiety?

Once you can name that trigger, it can be helpful to use Romans 8 aloud on that trigger point.
Example: (Rehearse aloud to yourself)

Question: “Can [my anxiety trigger] separate me from God’s love?”

Answer: “I am convinced that nothing can ever separate me from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither [my anxiety trigger], neither my fears for today nor my worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate me or anyone from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (NLT)

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