We Glory in Our Tribulations Also…

Life is hard. I was thinking on that this evening. I have some friends that are REALLY going through some difficult situations. Watching how different friends handle those trials solidifies in me the need for Jesus and the guiding power of the Holy Spirit. I see one friend wondering aimlessly. She knows God is calling, yet she still runs from him. I watch her struggle in almost every area of her life and hear her complaining nonstop and I want to scream look up, that’s where your help comes from! On the opposite end, I have a sister in Christ being put through the medical ringer yet her hope and joy are still in Christ. I sat back in amazement tonight thinking about my different friends and their tribulations. The difference in how they face the hurdle in front of them is their relationship with their Father God or lack there of. Some are holding on to hate and bitterness and it is hindering their path more than they realize. My evening devotional brought me to Romans 5:3-5, “3 And not only [so], but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; 4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope: 5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.”

“We glory in our tribulations also” how many of us can say that? The second part of that verse is so key, “knowing that tribulation worketh patience;” Oh, but there is more… “And patience, experience; and experience, hope.” Wow, from tribulation grows patience grows hope and “hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.” You know what else? Those tribulations make us stronger in Christ as that hope grows into faith. Tribulations are by no means pleasant, but I can start to see where we glory in them also. Life is indeed hard. Flip those tribulations around and look at them in a way that will bring you closer to Christ, help you realize they too shall pass, and when they do you will have grown stronger in the Lord. 💛 ~ Chelle, #f8ithgal

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