so that only together with us would they be made perfect.
Hold onto that hope today.
God didn’t give to one and not to you.
God gives those who are suffering comfort and peace.
God is with you.
God promises that one day, he will make it right.
We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus,so that the life of Jesusmay also be revealed in our body.
Through Christians, love should be evident. Love should be the opposite of what people deserve because God loved the world despite what it deserved.
Here is what love is:
Here is what love is not:
Dishonoring of others.
God tells us this:
If it were possible, if one understands all the hidden mysteries of life, have all the knowledge that exists, execute enough faith to move a mountain, give everything they own to the poor, and sacrifice their body to death, but if they did not love, they are nothing.
We would say aren’t all these things proof of my love?
According to God, apparently not.
We can do all kinds of things for God and in the name of God, but not really love.
Love costs us something. It requires we treat others the way we want to be treated.
We can spin it however we want but God knows our heart.
The two greatest commandments:
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.”
“The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.”
God wants us to love him and love our neighbor.
The way we do this is we are patient, kind, protective, trusting, hopeful, and persevering.
The way we do not do this is when we are prideful, jealous, arrogant, demanding, dishonoring, self-seeking, and easily angered.
When the world looks at Christians, this is what they should see. We are lights in the world. We represent God’s love for the world.
When we pray and it doesn’t happen, we assume God didn’t hear.
Or at the very worst, he doesn’t care.
Sometimes we have to take a step back and think about how small we are in comparison to the universe. The blue planet is suspended on nothing we can see. But there is an unseen force holding earth – and us – in place.
We are specks. And it’s almost humorous how big we think we are.
We shake our fist at God, we demand answers, we hold him accountable when everything goes wrong.
And yet, he understands.
And yet, he loves.
A father or mother can love a child who does all of the above.
God’s love is greater.
If we continue to demand and shake our fist, we only hurt ourselves and those around us. Yet, he lets us feel all the emotions of pain.
In fact, God feels our pain.
God heard your prayer because God hears.
It’s been said, God did hear your prayer. He said no. That platitude deserves the scorn it gets.
God doesn’t give us pat answers. People do.
Pain deserves understanding, compassion, and time.
God hears because he is with us when we’re in pain.
Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
We will never understand everything in life, but we understand enough. God wired us to find comfort with him if we want to.
For awhile, you may not want his comfort. You are angry at him for not intervening, not fixing the problem, and allowing pain and death.
One day, God promises to make it right. Then we will understand.
But for now, we do not.
You might not be ready to hear it now, but God is the one who you need during pain.
Everything else we try in order to cope and to ease the pain is temporary.
You will find that out. God watches and waits. He is with you even if you don’t feel it.
Answered prayer is a time of happiness.
Unanswered prayer is a time of sadness.
God is with us in the happy times. God is with us in the sad times.
When the pain is so deep and the emptiness so great, words meant to comfort are hollow.
Your heart is so wounded, so empty, there is nowhere for the words to settle.
We want to be left alone in our pain. We want to submit to its power and let it sweep us away because it’s better than trying to live.
Still, the Bible says God is good.
Will you see it?
God made us able to endure suffering. You may not feel it right away, but it will come at the right time.
No matter who you are, where you come from, what you believe – it doesn’t matter. We are all given the ability to choose.
Some call it the human spirit. Some call it faith. Either way, it is God who gives us courage, strength, endurance and joy – yes, even joy – hidden deeply within every one of us. We only find it when we are faced with needing it.
There will come a moment when you feel it. An unfamiliar sensation coaxing you up out the pit of darkness and despair. And you will push it aside because you don’t want it.
But God is patient.
You say, “But she has always been optimistic and good-natured. It’s easier for her”.
While it’s true we might think some have an advantage, we are all at the same starting point when it comes to pain. Even the most pessimistic or distrustful among us can be encouraged and inspired when we see someone overcoming pain. You don’t try to copy or pretend what you are not. You choose to believe somewhere inside, you have what they have. It might look different, but it’s there.
Because God is good.
And that is the starting point for the healing of your heart. Saying it, accepting it, and believing it for the truth it is.
You don’t have to work at it. God does the rest.
He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.