Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Never Filled, By Hillary-Beth

Never Filled

By Hillary-Beth Koenig

Have you ever tried to make somebody else be happy? Maybe it was a friend, a family member, a classmate, someone you see a lot, or someone you care about a lot. Have you ever wondered why you can't seem to do quite enough to make them completely happy all the time?

Well, it's sort of a "good news" and "bad news" situation. The "bad news" is - you will never be able to fill someone else's need.

In this life, you might encounter people who need healing from painful situations. You'll meet people who need love and have never known anyone who truly loved them. You might find that a friend or family member needs guidance, forgiveness, or comfort. You might come to know someone who wants a really close relationship, to feel known and appreciated. In the right context, all of these things are okay, and it is good and right and our duty even, to be there for others; the Bible tells us:

Romans 12:10
Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.

Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.

But as a Christian, you must keep this in mind - you are not, and cannot pretend to be, someone else's Savior, nor should you seek that someone else be that for you. No person can satisfy another person in the way God does; no person is good enough, knowledgable enough, or able to love like God loves us.

This is where the "good news" comes in! It is no coincidence that we call it, "The Good News," or the "Gospel." You see, what Christ has done on the cross is good enough for those who are in need - and good enough for you. If you are feeling unsatisfied today, ask God for your needs -

Philippians 4:19
And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.


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