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January 27, 2015, 10:18 AM

A Penny's Worth of Though: Are You Willing To Pay the Price?

Are you willing to pay whatever price is necessary to be like Jesus Christ?

There are some things that God can only teach you and build into your life through suffering, struggling and pain.   As believers in Christ we may not want or like to hear this but in fact it is God's will that we endure suffering, pain and trials.  The Christian life was never promised to be a life free from difficulty.

Even Jesus the sinless Son of God had to endure the suffering that God the Father set before Him.  It was only after He was obedient and suffered the cruelty of the cross that He became the complete, mature and perfect Savior of all who turn to Him for salvation.

"Though he were a Son, yet learned obedience by the things which he suffered; And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;" Hebrews 5:8-9

We all will go through suffering in this life.  The good news is that there is a positive side to the suffering.  Through it we can become like Jesus!

The book of James, chapter 1 says that we should count it all joy when we go through trials and suffering.  It is through hardships that God purifies and strengthens our faith.  It is hardship that drives us to the arms of a loving God that allows Him to develop Christian character that we so desperately need to be like Christ.

The Spirit of God has important lessons to teach you that you can only learn through trials and difficulty.  Saul was made king of Israel without any difficulty, but he never developed the maturity or character to handle God's assignment.  David went through years of difficulty and suffering.  When he finally ascended to the throne, He was a man after God's own heart.  

If we become bitter and resistant to the hardships God allows you to go through, you close off parts of your life from God.  If you do this, you will never be complete.  Don't resent the suffering God allows in your life.  Instead remember that God goes with you and will carry you through the difficulties.  Don't make all of your decisions and invest all of your resources to avoid hardships.  Instead be encouraged to know that God will never allow you to endure more than you can handle.  

God did not spare His own Son.  How can we expect Him to spare us?  Learn obedience, allow God to develop your maturity and Christian Character and teach you obey...

...even when it hurts.


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