Titus 3.3 : "We are hateful, hating each other."
The Bible tells us that human nature can not be worthy of love and that we can not make ourselves such. Human relationships are such that we love what is kind. But when our bad sides are unveiled, then come disputes, conflicts, separations, betrayals. Some will be wounded, others disappointed, its human circumstances no longer amaze us, they impose a void in our heart. We understand the miserable moral state of man.
2 Thessalonians 3.6 : "We recommend you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to depart from every brother who lives in disorder, and not according to the instructions you have received from us."
Trials and difficulties are useful to us as they learn to know ourselves. They reveal to us our inadequacies and our errors. It is a process of recounting that God accomplishes in us for our formation. Without trials, there are no difficulties or progressions.
Matthew 5.44 : "But I say to you, Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who mistreat and persecute you."
The Lord Jesus Christ is the ultimate solution to all our problems. He is the God of the impossible, the powerful redeemer who makes all things possible. Nothing is impossible to him who believes. God's work consists in acting in us and for us, much more than we can think.
The tests teach us:
- To discover the resources of God.
- To pray to him.
- to love him.
- To believe it.
- To have patience and courage.
They give us confidence, strengthen our faith, push us to help others, and are opportunities for great victories.
Romans 8.28 : "We know, moreover, that all things work together for the good of those who love God, of those who are called according to his purpose."
Every situation, however insurmountable, is an opportunity for God to reveal His infinite power and wisdom. Just like the eagle who, in order to teach his little ones to fly, push them out of the nest. It is then that they discover the undeveloped strength found in their little wings.
2 Corinthians 12.9 : "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness, so I will boast more readily of my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest upon me."
Patience and courage is the crowning of God in our life. Great spiritual lessons are formed in afflictions. When we experience the grace of God, difficulties become a benefit. They erase the fear of suffering and hardship. They give us courage like a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
Romans 8.37 : "But in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us."
Conclusion : When we seek God, we want to learn from him, but we can also testify that:
- "And my God will provide for all your needs according to his riches, with glory, in Jesus Christ." (Philippians 4:19)
When the event leads to victory, new perspectives are offered to us and to others. So when the trials of this world will be past :
- "The work of everyone will be manifested, for the day will make it known, because it will be revealed in fire, and fire will experience what is the work of each." (1 Corinthians 3.13). When the fulfillment of the Kingdom of God on this earth comes, the crowns with which God wants to encourage us, will shine forever for the glory of our Lord Jesus.
2 Corinthians 1.13 : "We do not write to you other than what you read, and what you recognize, and I hope you will recognize it to the end, as you have already acknowledged in part that we are your glory as you will also be ours in the day of the Lord Jesus...." Amen!