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Think it Not Strange

In the good words of the Apostle Peter,

“Think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you: But rejoice inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings…”

Now let’s read that in the Message Translation:

“Friends, when life gets really difficult, don’t jump to conclusion that GOD isn’t on the job. Instead, be glad that you are in the very thick of what Christ experienced.  This is a spiritual refining process, with glory just around the corner.” I Peter 4:12-13

There are times when you may feel like your world (your circle of family, friends, support) is crashing in on you. You may feel as though those who you’ve cared for do not care for you. You may feel like those who you’ve sacrificed for have turned their backs on you and mistreated you. When it comes to trials and sufferings, none of us are exempt or in too high of a position to be touched. You can be blessed and yet still fall into several different challenges and sufferings, so do not think it is strange. It is life!

“Count it all joy when you fall into divers temptations, knowing that the trying of your faith produces patience.” 

And let patience have her perfect work so that you may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.” James 1:3-4

What are you learning in these moments? What are you becoming? Are you allowing the mistreatment or wrongful accusations from those around you to make you bitter and hateful? No. Keep your heart pure. Pray for them and continue to pray. Pray for your strength, prayer for wisdom and pray for forgiveness for those who have wronged you as well as for yourself even if you do not feel wrong, ask for forgiveness incase you may be unaware.

Use your challenges with other people as a tool to help you connect the dots from challenge to purpose. It is difficult to do, but we can redirect our minds from excessively pondering on the issue to learning the lesson the issue brings. The lesson brings purpose. We have heard the popular saying, “everything happens for a reason”, but nothing happens for any reason unless we learn the lesson in it.

The actions of other people are not our responsibility, unless you are a parent knowingly provoking your child(ren). We can not control the way others treat us, we can only engage and disengage to set standards that others can choose to abide by or not. We most often become offended when we are hurt and when we are hurt, we can become angered and vengeful. When we don’t allow hurt and anger to grip onto us, we are made free from operating from a place of offense. It takes humility to have this mindset. Pride is the enemy of love and peace so pray for humility. There is a prayer from David that I love and it quotes, 

“Create in me a clean heart, O GOD and renew a right spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10

Don’t be offended. If you are hurt, deal with those emotions properly, don’t bypass them. Keep your mind and your heart pure. Forgive so that you will be forgiven and love so that others may learn how to love.

Be blessed,

Vaya

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