What might be a little painful during the year seems to be incredibly painful during Christmastime.
Acts 14:22b Through many tribulations we must enter into the kingdom of God.
Proverbs 18:19 A brother offended is harder to win than a strong city, and contentions are like the bars of a castle.
Psalm 105:19 Until the time came to fulfill his dreams, the LORD tested Joseph’s character.
Matthew 3:17 And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”
God does not always show up when something bad happens.
- “The safest place to be is in the center of God’s will.”
- Isn’t that beautiful? The problem is, it is unbiblical.
- We are all called to a unique and personal walk with God.
- We have to trust Him that the path He calls us to is the best path for our lives.
2 Corinthians 12:9 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
- When tribulations and offenses do come, we should not turn our backs on God but turn our hearts toward Him.
Proverbs 19:11 Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is to his glory to overlook an offense.
- Try not to rehearse the offense, but release it through forgiveness.
Colossians 3:13 Make allowances for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.
We cannot enjoy the grace of God without extending grace to those who hurt us.
How do we forgive something that seems unforgivable? It has to be the same way God forgave us.