Christianity isn’t for wimps. Jesus never said it would be easy. In fact, he was clear on the crosses his people would carry and the difficulties they will live through. Life on earth has plenty of suffering and plenty of trials.
But God won’t leave his children to bear it alone. Nor will he let them be the same after they’ve gone through it. Just as physical exertion and exercise make the body stronger, God works through the hard stuff in life to make his children stronger. To help them build resilience. To produce more patient and more understanding character that hopes in something more. He does it by the power of his Spirit. He does it by pouring out his love. So you know he’s not punishing his children. He already punished Jesus in our place. He uses the difficulties to help you grow through the trial and gain grit. Godly grit.
Being a Christian is not always easy. But being a child of God through suffering and trials means you will never be the same again.
You’ll be better having gone through it with God’s Spirit.
“We know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us” (Romans 5:3-5).
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