Friends, life is not easy… Sometimes you are faced with unspeakable sorrow or hardship.
This whole week God has laid on my heart one of my very special verses. Something to encourage you by when the questions “Why?” And “Why me?” run through your mind.
Rom.5:3,4 in the Amplified Bible
Moreover [let us also be full of joy now!] let us exult and triumph in our troubles and rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that pressure and affliction and hardship produce patient and unswerving endurance. And endurance (fortitude) develops maturity of character (approved faith and tried integrity). And character [of this sort] produces [the habit of] joyful and confident hope of eternal salvation. Such hope never disappoints or deludes or shames us, for God’s love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit Who has been given to us.
A friend of mine explained it with this image: you are like a lump of clay. Your true character lays hidden deep within you. So hardship comes like an artist’s knife to cut away everything until your proven true character shines through.
I believe all people are born good. I believe God has a plan for each and every life that is full of good things, to give them a hopeful future.
But we make choices that sometimes have very hard consequences.
Don’t lose heart my friends! God is so gracious to give us a new day to start again, a present. He knows our hearts, because He made us!
When life is hard and things look dim, remember, you are in the palm of His hand. He will not leave you or forsake you, He LOVES you!
Have a wonderful weekend! Press through! God knows you can make it!
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