Maturing in Christ
Category : General
St. John 16: 33 (KJV)
33These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
God cannot build our character without our cooperation. If we resist Him, then He chastens us into submission. But if we submit to Him, then He can accomplish His work. He is not satisfied with a halfway job. God wants a perfect work, a finished product that is matured and complete—Wiersbe
It has been observed how the Christians beforehand have been told what they have to expect in the world, viz., tribulation; and, therefore, teach them to make preparation for it. A principal part of the misery of mankind arises from want of attention to such information. Men suffer the many keen pangs of disappointment, because they will indulge those wishes and hopes which general experience, the dictates of sober reason, and the word of God, pronounce to be groundless and extravagant. In the season of tribulation, the words of Christ direct the mind to effectual sources of consolation. They teach us, that all our afflictions come from God; that God has a gracious design in afflicting us; that the same God, who is our God in the time of health and prosperity, is also our God in the time of trouble and adversity; that all things shall work together for our good. They teach us that the time of our warfare and suffering is but short, and that all our tribulations shall come to a perpetual end, and immortal joy succeed.
We can learn from this to rejoice in all our tribulations. This is, indeed, a very difficult lesson: none but Christ can teach it, and none but a true Christian can learn it. But to learn it is possible; for we heed Paul saying, “Most gladly, therefore, will I rather glory in my infirmities,”. We must make ourselves familiarly acquainted with the words of Christ. How can they afford us rich and lasting consolation if we are ignorant of them? Moreover, we should never to forget that we have within us the only Person who can vanquished the enemies of our soul. As noted, let us remember that God must work in us before He can work through us!
Have a great and God filled day!