Regardless of our transformation from lost sinner to loved children of God, our lives can continue to be difficult. There is no guarantee of safe passage through this life for Christians. In fact, suffering is one of the elements we are to endure as a test of our faith.
“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 1:2-4 (NASB)
As a believer, no matter what you’re going through, God is with you. God’s love includes difficult times. We are traveling on a road to all eternity. Along the way we will need to be strengthened by life’s challenges. Like an athlete training for the Olympics the workouts will often be filled with pain. It is that pain that secures the victory.
“After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.” 1 Peter 5:10 (NASB)
We know for certain that Jesus is on his way back. He is returning for all of his children. In that day there will no longer be any confusion about the deity of Jesus. The entire world will bow to his presence
“As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall give praise to God.” Romans 14:11 (NASB)
As a follower of Jesus, rest assured that everything in your life has a purpose and God’s love will see you through. Followers of Jesus are already members of the kingdom of God. Our reward has been established. We don’t need to wait for the return of Jesus to celebrate. On our behalf, his work has already been done. It is finished. Love has come for us all.
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