Saturday, 20 April 2013

From a Friend

I have such amazing friends! In my email inbox this morning was this email from one of my friends, which I thought I would share with you all as it helped me a lot. :)

Today when I opened a little devotional booklet in our house, I read the article for April 19,  which was helpful and relevant to me.  I would like to share it with you.

Strengthened Through Suffering
     Church services often end with a benediction.  A common one is taken from Peter's concluding remarks in his first epistle: "May the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you" (1 Peter 5:10).  Sometimes omitted in the benediction is the phrase "after you have suffered a while."  Why?  Perhaps because it is not pleasant to speak of suffering.
     It should not surprise us, however, when suffering comes our way.  The apostle Paul, who knew well what it was to suffer, wrote: "All who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution" (2 Timothy 3:12).
     If we live a life of submission to God (1 Peter 5:6) and resisting the devil (v.9) we can expect to be maligned, misunderstood, and even taken advantage of.  But the apostle Peter says that there is a purpose for such suffering.  It is to "restore you and make you strong, firm, and steadfast" (v 10 NIV)
     God's path for our Christian growth often leads through difficulties, but they fortify us to withstand life's future storms.  May God help us to be faithful as we seek to boldly live a life that honors Him.
God comforts those who mourn.  God is with you.
Here is a beautiful verse that God assures us that He is always with us:

"When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you."  ~ Isaiah 43:2

Thank you, my friend! This is worth a read too:

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