Category: Trials

Broken Is Better

God has given you your weakness as a gift, to help you bring glory to His great name and to make you more like His precious Son! Give in to fear, anger, and despair, and you will be bullied, powerless, and hopeless. Once you get there, you are standing at the doorstep of bitterness. Turn from these things, my friend, and be broken.

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But I Don’t Know What to Say!

Sometimes, the more we say, the less we encourage–especially when someone is suffering a terrible grief. Sometimes, there is no right thing to say. But that doesn’t mean that we should not be present. Our suffering sisters need to know that they are not alone in their trouble, grief, or pain. While they may know intellectually that the Spirit of Christ is with them, sometimes they need a human being to translate that Spirit to their hearts.

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Suffering Redeemed

Maybe you are suffering even now, at Christmastime. Without an eternal perspective, that suffering can seem unfair or even cruel. But we have this baby in the manger. We have this God of the universe who came down to suffer perfectly for us. We have this compassionate Savior who invites us to follow in His steps and be His disciples. As we become more like Him in our suffering, we help to make that path even clearer for those who are watching us.

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Enduring Trials and Persevering with Joy

Jesus said, if you love me you will obey me, and James says those who love God will persevere and endure. That’s very important. James is pointing out they are blessed because they’ve endured temptation and that is linked to receiving this crown for those who love him. Those who love God will endure. Those who love God will persevere. Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. James 1:1-4 (NASB)

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