Jesus as we know suffered much, and yet was perfect. He had every reason to say to the Father “why me” its too hard” or its not fair”. As Christians we know the freedom and life that the suffering of our Savior brought to mankind, yet along with this freedom comes a call to be transformed into His likeness. We have a promise of Christlike character; if we seek it! Jesus’ sacrifice of His life which brought freedom to the world reflects how we as Christians are to become like Him. It’s in the suffering that that we learn to give up our selves, to give up selfish desires and to trust God with our future. Are you in a season of suffering? This very pain just may be what God is using to develop character; but there is one important thing to remember when we are going through trials; God does not want us to stay there! His aim is that we live in peace and hope, knowing who we are in Him, knowing His love and provision and in a place where we can help others to find the same hope that we have. Just as Jesus suffered, He also defeated death, His submission to the Father to the point of death reveals His character and brings the world hope. If you have asked God to transform and mould your character; expect to suffer. If you struggle to find hope and are seeking to find rest for your soul, you will need to develop perseverance first. Try to hang in there through the hard stuff, “do the time” so to speak and trust God with your life so you can finally say “ it is well with my soul”.
Rev. Julie Shannon
Beloved. let us love one another for love is of God, and every one that loveth is born of God and Knoweth God.
The love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit which is given to us- We have not received the spirit of bondage again in fear, but you have received the spirit of adoption, where by we cry, Abba, Father The Spirit itself bearth withness with our spirit that we are the children of God hath the witness in himself.
In this was manifested the Love of God toward us because that God sent his only begotten son into the world, that we might live through him in whom we have redemption through his blood the forgivness of sins according to the riches of his grace.
Beloved, If God so loved us we ought also to love one another, For God IS love.
1 John 4:7, Rom 5:5, Rom 8:15-16, 1 John 4:11
Taken from Daily Light Devotions for everyday
Just a few days ago I was discussing ‘the giant pit of dispair’ with someone close to me. We descovered that we both being taken on a journey in our own seperate lives, that was testing us and our faith . In the last year or so we had both been through some pretty tough things and it was still happening, from having our dreams and hearts desires put aside or at the time it felt like our hearts had been torn, experiencing deceit, grief, sickness among much more.
We joked about the ‘Giant pit of dispair’ which was seemingly ‘hanging’ over our shoudlers… just waiting…. tapping at us… waiting for us to fall in and give up.
We will never give up! Although yes we can fall, cry and scream out for the Lord, we will not give up.
We were able to laugh and share our stories together, I guess comforted by the fact that our father in heaven was listening in and had his hand on us. I know I will never give up because he is my strength when I am weak..
The ‘Giant Pit Of Dispair’ will tap all belivers on the shoulder at some point in their lives, Its our response that matters.
Run and give up, Or stay and fight?
As people of faith, when we first come to Jesus, often it was a crisis in our lives that led us to seek help, and in turn find that help in God. Sometimes we just don’t know what to do or where to turn in lifes crisis times, or just life’s problems for that matter. Do we know even the type of help we seek? Is it a temporary fix to get us out of trouble? Or is it something deeper, more lasting?
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