Devotion for May 13, 2023

“In everything we do we show that we are God’s servants by patiently enduring troubles, hardships, and difficulties.” (2 Corinthians 6:4, GNT)

We often think that the world is impressed with our success and how we enjoy our prosperity. But they’re actually more impressed by how we as Christians handle adversity.

When you’re going through pain, non-believers around you are watching you. They’re wondering what it means to be a Christian when you’re in the same kind of pain they are. Does it look any different?

The truth is, we have the same pain as everybody else. We just have a different source of comfort.

Your successes don’t give you credibility. Your suffering gives you credibility. The more honest and vulnerable you are about the suffering in your life, the more powerful your impact will be in people’s lives.

The apostle Paul was a pro at using his pain to model his message. He says in 2 Corinthians 6:4, “In everything we do we show that we are God’s servants by patiently enduring troubles, hardships, and difficulties” (GNT).

Your deepest life message will come out of your deepest pain. The world doesn’t need to see Christians who are perfect or have it all together. They need something real and authentic. They need to see Christians who are patient in pan, who walk faithfully in suffering.

Every area of your life where you’ve experienced pain is a testimony. Has God helped you work your way out of deep debt? That was painful — but it’s also a testimony. Has God helped you patiently endure chronic pain? That’s a testimony. Anywhere you’ve had pain and experienced God’s help is a testimony.

Prayer

Lord, I thank You for the life You have given me. I thank You for all the blessings You bestow, even if that blessing involves pain and suffering. Because I know that You are always with me, guiding me, helping me, until I come through the challenge stronger for You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Stay encouraged!

Pastor Mike

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