Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials,
3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.
4 And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
James 1:2-4 (NASB)
In fact, we are told that these trials make us stronger, draw us closer to God and make us more like Him even. Hum… That’s a thought to meditate on…
The trials make us stronger and more like God the Father.
That’s really good, because you know what? It is so true! You know why?
Well, as we are in a trial and we call out to the Father, what does He do? Well, for me, He usually gives me words that guide, comfort and essentially love me. My Lord guides and loves me in a moment that might not be “love-worthy”.
WOW… And honestly, that’s the best I can say.
In that moment when I feel so unworthy and so unlovable, God, the Creator of the Universe, loves me.
4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us,
5 even when we were dead [fn]in our transgressions, made us alive together [fn]with Christ (by grace you have been saved),
6 and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,
7 so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
Ephesians 2:4-7 (NASB)
HE loves me even when I fall.
That is truly amazing. Because we as humans will often turn away from each other in those moments. But, not God. He loves us anyway.
So, my challenge to you and to myself is to choose to love anyway. Forgive and forget. Move forward. Look for the lovability in everyone. Because God sees it. And as you become more like Him, walking in the calling He has placed on your life, you will see it too and love like He does, without abandon, unconditionally.