Walking In GraceDalene Reyburn
Dignify the difficultyDear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. James 1:2-3 NLT
No one hopes to get hurt. No one plans for the pain of being sinned against. And yet realistically, it’s impossible to walk from cradle to grave without hurting others, and being hurt.
So when it happens? See it as an opportunity to showcase your total trust in God. Sure, you may question His plans and purposes for you in allowing this knife between your ribs. Sure, you’re going to feel angry and upset. But in you – image-bearer, God-chaser, Jesuslover that you are – there will be a surprising spring of freshness and freedom. You will dignify the difficulty. You will make it inexplicably beautiful, and you will inspire the instinctive admiration of your accidental or deliberate spectators. When there’s someone you need to forgive, wear your wounds quietly, with grace and tender patience. Offer broken heart sacrifices before your Father in secret, and in so doing broadcast how blessed it is to surrender all to a wise, loving, powerful God.
Could you be brave enough today to move from bitterness to beauty? Would you let the caustic comments slide, and be your best self?
God, I hate that I have to face what I’m facing. But please enable me to forgive, and please use my forgiveness to spread beauty. Amen.