In the meantime, when there were gathered together an innumerable multitude of people, in so much that they trode one upon another, he began to say unto his disciples first of all, beware ye of the leaven of the pharisees,which is hypocrisy.
For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed, neither hid, that shall not be known.
Therefore whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light, and that which ye have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops.
And I say unto you my friends, be not afraid of them that kill the body,and after that have no more that they can do. but I will fore warn you whom ye shall fear, fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell: yea,I say unto you fear him.
After are not five sparrows sold for two far things, and not one of them is forgotten before God! But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. fear not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows also I say unto you, whosoever shall confess me before men, him shall the son of man also confess before the angels of God.
As described in the bible, love for God is much more than a feeling. In fact,although the feeling of love for God is essential, that feeling of love for God is essential to the development of a fruit-bearing apple tree. Although rivets seem insignificant, they are essential for holding the ship together and keeping it afloat.
Feelings of insignificance are rampant these days, even among Christians,and some do hurtful things to make themselves feel important. James says. "where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there (3:16). People corrupted by wordly desires for beauty wealth and power can bring down great churches, but people who are pure and undefiled (1:27) hold churches together. As members of God's church, we need to be "rivets" without defect.
When we are pure (James3:17), strong (Ephesians 6:10) and steadfast (1 Corinthians 15:58), we will be used by the lord to keep it is ship afloat in times of crisis.
The task they wisdom hath assigned, In all my works thy presence find, And prove thy good and perfect will. It is a great thing to be faithful in little things. The wisdom that is first pure, then peaceable, gentle,...without partiality and without hypocrisy.-James 3:17