Hardships

3 We put no stumbling block in anyone’s path, so that our ministry will not be discredited. 4 Rather, as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses; 5 in beatings, imprisonments and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger; 6 in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love; 7 in truthful speech and in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left; 8 through glory and dishonor, bad report and good report; genuine, yet regarded as impostors; 9 known, yet regarded as unknown; dying, and yet we live on; beaten, and yet not killed; 10 sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything. 2 Corinthians 6: 3-10

Paul and his teams went through the worst types of persecution. But he doesn’t stop there. He talked about what could have happened versus their response to it. And isn’t that what the victorious life is all about?

Adversity comes to us all, sometime it’s harsher than others.

It’s easy to become bitter and discouraged and angry when the rains of the world dump on us. We feels like there’s no one who really “gets” what we’re going through. Often those times come when a loved one dies, especially those first few days and weeks after we get the news.

We know the truth even when our mind tries to tell us differently. We know that God the Father intimately cares for us for He Himself knew death to His beloved Son.

If you are hurting today because of such a loss in your life, reach out to Him. Grab hold of the hem of His garment and don’t let go. Cry, shout, pray, do whatever it take. He’s waiting for you. He wants you to reach out.

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