One thing that is common to all humanity is that somewhere along the way, we will encounter troubles. Troubles come and troubles will go; it seems to be the cycle of life. As individuals, we often have a choice on how to navigate them and what the outcomes will be. We can respond out of the flesh and get angry, resentful, and offended, which could lead to the outcomes of bitterness, sickness, and hopelessness. Yes, we have all been there and made choices that we can learn from.
Today, consider your response to the troubles of now and the past. If they are somewhat lacking and producing problematic fruit, ask Holy Spirit to show you where you need to shift your perspective towards things like forgiveness, humility, and hopefulness.
Now, pray this prayer:
Father, would you help me make wise choices when troubles come my way and forgive me for holding wrong attitudes and behaviours. Forgive me for holding onto hurts and for being bitter. Help me to lay these things at your feet and to receive your forgiveness. Help me in the future to remember this moment when I face another challenge and put into practice what you show me. Amen
Suffering for God’s Glory
12 Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you;
13 but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.1 Peter 4:12-13 (NKJV)
2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials,
3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces [a]patience.
4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be [b]perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.James 1:2-5 (NKJV)
James 1:3 endurance or perseverance
James 1:4 mature
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all1 John 1:9 (NKJV)