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Isaiah 55:8-9

Isaiah 55:8-9

Friday, April 22, 2016

IT IS NOT EASY ...


"Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things." 
Philippians 4:8


Recently I came across some thoughts expressed by brother Josue Hernandez in Spanish that has moved me to write the following observations.  We all struggle with these issues.  With God's mercy, we can overcome all of our weaknesses. I hope you find these words helpful.

  • It is not easy to forgive when someone has wronged us.  
  • Likewise, it is not easy to move on and forget whatever grievances he has caused, responding with a spirit of love and kindness rather than bitterness and resentment. 
  • On the other hand, it is not easy to ask forgiveness with a heart of humility when we have been the ones who have wronged others, offended or sinned against them; start anew, accept counsel and accept that we have wronged them.
  • It is not easy to be kind and loving without anger, smile and carry on when someone puts us down.  
  • It is not easy to be thoughtful and generous, keeping a good conscience.  
  • Likewise, it is not easy to be modest when we are thriving and flourishing in everything we do.
  • It is not easy to praise others and give them credit for the good things that they may do as if they were better, more worthy than we are.
  • It is not easy to discipline ourselves, rule our spirits (walk according to the Spirit) and exercise self-control that we might not be disqualified from winning our race.
  • It is not easy to learn from our mistakes or forgive the errors of others.  
  • It is not easy to think before we speak or carefully judge what we are going to say before we act.
  • It is not easy to work our hardest, do our best little by little patiently when everything seems to be so hard and painful.
  • It is not easy to commit to the excellence of God, maintaining a high standard when there is so much darkness and lawlessness all around us.
  • It is not easy to accept the deserved blame and take full responsibility for our actions.
  • It is not easy to be optimistic and see the light at the end of the tunnel when everything seems so wrong and hopeless.
  • It is not easy to take up our cross, die to self, and follow Him in complete obedience, surrendering to His will alone.
  • It is not easy to walk in the Light as He is in the Light, following His example despite all of our trials, valleys of suffering, afflictions and even pain.

NO! IT IS NOT EASY, BUT HEAVEN IS WORTH IT ALL!  

Why don't we make an effort to finish our race here and receive the crown that has been promised to all those who are faithful to Him until the end!

"to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life."  (Romans 2:7)


Luci