Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Struggling

I have had a hard time blogging the past few weeks, because a lot of painful stuff was going on, but nothing that I could share online. I feel like we're out of the woods now... I hope and pray!

One of the biggest lessons I have learned from this experience is how draining it is to have turmoil. My life is busy, but I forget how easy and blessed it is. And how hard it is just to live life when there are people or situations that sap all of your emotional energy. I have new sympathy for others around me who live with dysfunction or disease or anything other than normal. It is exhausting.

As Christians, we are going to mess up. Others are going to hurt us. Satan is alive and well doing his best to cause all the trouble he can. Even amongst like-minded people who all desire to see God's will be done, there can be divisiveness. God knew this, and he warned us in Colossians 4:13 to be "bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do."

We shouldn't be surprised when other Christians hurt us. We know from His Word that this is expected.

How do we bear and forgive? "But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful." Colossians 4:14-15

And though we labor, strive, and agonize, it's with His strength which works in us mightily. (Colossians 1:29) So even when He calls us to hard things, He gives us His strength to do it. (Thanks, Mom, for sharing that verse this week!) He's thought of everything. He did it all. Bringing me back to one final and favorite verse:

For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. 2 Corinthians 5:21

6 comments:

Heather said...
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Heather said...

Love you babe! Cool blog - our "struggles" at least are not against flesh and blood, but against powers, principalities, and spiritual darkness.

Its a good thing He is with us!

Love, Dan

Angie Gross said...

I have been clicking on your link, anxiously awaiting another entry. I have been blessed and inspired by your words! I was just telling a friend what a spiritual mentor you have always been to me! It is so true though, that the devil wants to cause divisiveness amongst believers. We're his #1 target because he doesn't want us to worship and love the Lord! I love the scripture Dan quoted too. We are battling forces of evil! I just wrote this passage in my journal on Sunday night! Love y'all!

Nadia said...

How true it is that others will let us down, but we always have Him to rely on! Glad you're back and hoping things are going better!

Shawnee said...

Blessings to you, Heather. Thank you for sharing some of your struggles.

Praying for your family,
Shawnee

KJWoolley said...

From one old mother to another.....
Thank you for your words of honesty and challenges that we all face. The love of the Lord covers all
xoxo