Growth...Moving Forward in His Word 1-23-23

Growth... moving forward In His Word 1-23-23

Today was a day that I needed encouragement that small slips, or trips, or burned tortillas do not mean the end of the day. It all adds up to a great end! When we have an oops we can gain knowledge to not drop the dinner dish and watch it splinter.  We hold on with two hands instead of one and go forward with another dish.

Is that too simple of an explanation of learning from each thing we do each day?

Today I attended a memorial of a dear friend’s father. I really did not know what to expect as I had never met the man myself, but I learned to be present when people need me.  I try to support my friends as I can but it is not always the case. Often I fail at being the best friend in the world, but I am finding that my best friend is the best of all! Jesus gave us the peace that helps us get through where we fail.

Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory. We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love. Romans 5:1-5

So why worry? Why stress? Instead lets remember the math! Each thing in life we endure will cause us to grow in one way or another. When we are offended we can choose to take the bait and feel the hurt, or we can decide to take  the release of that offence, tossing it aside and be productive! When we persevere we will produce character, hope, and more! All of the things we go through in life produce faith, peace, hope and more! All of this by His grace we are given which gives us the steps to follow to make it through all those things added up.

Read it again.

Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,  through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.  And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance;  and perseverance, character; and character, hope.  Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. Romans 5:1-5

See, the things we go through that seem sad, horrible or painful, or even just annoying, are meant to bring us closer to the Love of God. The Holy Spirit will help us to grow through the tribulations, the disappointments of life do not need to bring us down but instead they can be the thing that bring us to the fact, or knowledge,  that God’s love does not disappoint.

One thing in all this I am certain of, mankind disappoints us from time to time, but looking for the good in the person or choosing to ignore the failures will only bring us to good things. Forgiveness is an amazing thing! God is good, God forgave us so we can forgive someone else. Each step in our day is a step in life growth to become the person He created us to be.

In His love,