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“After that ye have suffered awhile, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.” — 1 Peter 5:10
As christians we are told that we will be well acquainted with trials, tribulations and suffering. Jesus was known as a man of sorrows and we too participate in the sorrows and trials that came upon Jesus. There is great hope in this because it was God the Father who brought every trial, tribulation and suffering upon Christ and all were done with deep and grand purpose. We must know and trust that when we go though hard trials and deep sufferings that it is designed by the Father to make us more like Jesus and refine us so that our lives and character are strong and established like Christ’s. I think the best prayer in a time like this is asking the Lord to show us what He might want to refine in us and to give us the grace to do so. Take heart in all trials knowing that it is done by a loving and caring God who has promised to make us like Jeusus.
“Tell ye your children of it, and let your children tell their children, and their children another generation.” — Joel 1:3
I do not yet have children but I do know that there is great importance and need to teach them the ways of the Lord. We have a promise that says if we teach them the things of God and live out the grace of God and display it in our children’s lives then they will not depart from Him. I am learning that one of the most important things that we could teach our children about is the heart of the Father towards us. The younger generations need to know the God of grace and how immeasurable his grace is. Where sin abounds grace abounds MUCH MORE! In our sinful nature we do not understand that God could be gracious and as loving as He is. If the youth of our generations could grasp the grace of our Father we would have a revolution in our society.