To be thankful
1 Thessalonians 5:18
"give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."
Suffering can propel you to love and serve others
2 Corinthians 1:6
If we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; and if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which you experience when you patiently endure the same sufferings that we suffer.
Jesus suffered a far worse depression and judgement than any of us.
I have a baptism to be baptized with, and how great is my distress until it is accomplished!
God’s truth trumps feelings
Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.
"Though he slay me, I will hope in him; yet I will argue my ways to his face."
God disciplines His children
Hebrews 12: 4-11
In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. And have you completely forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as a father addresses his son? It says,
“My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.”
Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline—then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all. Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live! They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.
Are these lessons Jesus have been teaching you?
If not, what has He been teaching you?
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