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Because of sin there is abuse, ill will and destruction in this world – which are representative of Satan who “comes to steal, kill and destroy” (Jn 10:10). Yet as those redeemed out of his kingdom into that of Christ, our interaction with others should be motivated by the love of Christ evidenced through goodwill by outworking the golden rule of “doing to others as we would they do to us” (Lk 6:31). Similarly, our treatment of animals and physical property should be with respect and not inflicting suffering, pain or wilful damage.

When we claim any promise from the Bible we must ensure we have the true meaning. The correct interpretation of “…no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your dwelling” does not mean that nothing bad will

Have I made the Lord my dwelling place?

ever happen to the followers of God (Ps 91:10). This Psalm includes the statement, “I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge”, which is elaborated on as protection from danger, calamity, rescuing from trouble and being granting eternal life (Ps 91:1-16). So while Christians can expect to be subject to frequent trials and hardship that afflicts all humanity due to the fallen nature of this world, and may even die though evil circumstances their soul is protected and “He will receive me into glory” (Ps 73:24). Jesus taught, “And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear Him who can destroy both soul and body in hell” (Mt 10:28). For those walking with Jesus whatever happens in this life has no effect on their connection with Him for even though in the present it is painful, everything is working for good with nothing able to separate us from His love or eternity with Him (Rom 8:28,38,39). He promises to be with us even in trouble so we have nothing to fear with God as our protector (Ps 46:1; Heb 13:5). "The Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen and protect you from the evil one" (2 Thes 3:3).

We are called to hope and trust in God no matter what is happening in our world having the assurance our life is “hidden with Christ in God” (Col 3:3,4). Take comfort in the Scriptures, “The Lord will keep

you from [eternal] harm – He will watch over your life” (Ps 121:7; Prov 12:21).

God is in ultimate control

See also: abuse, eternal damnation, golden rule, protection, self-harm, sovereignty of God, suicide.