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. – Romans 5:3-5 NLT
The Bible tells us in Colossians 3:13 to “Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.” The enemy would like nothing more than to rip apart the church from the inside. If he can keep Christians “stuck” and divided in their pain, then they will not be as effective as they can be for the gospel.
When we feel like it would be best for us to leave the people we call “the church,” we should endure and fight for peace. We need to take our pain to the Lord and let Him heal our wounds. David in Psalm 55:22 tells us, “Give your burdens to the Lord, and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall” (NLT). And Peter instructs us in his first letter, “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you” (5:7 NLT).
Knowing that God Himself cares about us, we should strive for unity and humbly consider others better than ourselves (Philippians 2:3). We can believe the best of the people around us and assume the best about their motives. There are times when we need to have loving, honest, and humble conversations with
Let us endure in hope, Church. This endurance will grow our character. It will grow our hope for salvation. And that hope will never disappoint!
The Rock Church
One-Year Bible Reading
1 Samuel 18:5-19:24
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