Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13
In life, we have days where things just don’t seem to go right. People treat us poorly, and we don’t know where to go and who to turn to. But there is one person that is always there! You can always lean on Him, you can always count on Him, and He will never leave you! His name is Jesus, and you always have a friend in Him! May God bless you and stay safe! D. Ferguson. This message was posted on FB and is from my cousin, who is blessed with the spiritual gift to encourage others through spoken words and as a musician.
Tough times are here, and they will be with us for a long time. More than 20 million individuals have filed for unemployment as we continue to plunge further into our recession. When we do not have enough to make ends meet, it is difficult to maintain our inner peace and happiness. Still, we must think outside of ourselves during this pandemic. The COVID-19 virus has brought dire conditions on a global basis.
When the stressors of life hit the crisis level, human behavior is strained, and the reactions from others can be hurtful. Yes, people often displace their emotions on innocent victims when times get tough. Not many people have sustained a life-changing pandemic that has impacted every aspect of their existence; therefore, they do not have the coping skills to effectively deal with the abrupt halt to their usual way of life.
Now, that is the logical way of justifying hurtful behaviors. As believers, we should always have a smile on our faces, and treat others with kindness and dignity, despite our circumstances, because God is love. When we experience poor treatment from those who are close to us, immediately forgive them, and remember that we have a Heavenly Father who loves us unconditionally. The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness. Jeremiah 31:3
Experiencing trials and tribulations are beneficial in that we can realize our weaknesses and limitations, which direct us to God. Therefore, we grow spiritually by becoming entirely dependent on His strength and power. “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth, you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
Believe in the love that God has for those who are suffering; He sees every tear and hears every prayer. We must travel this journey with complete faith, hope, and trust in God.When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. For I am the LORD, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior… Isaiah 43:2-3
Bible Reading: 1 Corinthians 13
Heavenly Father, we come to you as broken vessels who often forget that we need you, especially when we experience trials and tribulations. We pray for unwavering faith, obedience, and the ability to always trust in you despite our circumstances. Amen. –SJR
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