Suffering through trials, trying times, and other difficulties are hard days. Our hearts and souls mourn for relief. Tears run down our face. Pieces of our heart fall away. We want to quit and find the nearest exit out of our situations.
As difficult as these times are, they are the very environment where we grow and build ourselves as God’s children. These are the opportunities to teach us to love our enemies, bless those who curse us, do good to them that hate us, pray for those who despitefully use us and persecute us, and be obedient to the Father’s will.
It is in these moments that we enter the Lord’s Gym. To use this exercise ‘equipment’ to build us and strengthen our resolve and character. It is where we gain the godly attributes to learn obedience as Jesus had.
Your flesh will not want to stay in this gym. Believe me, it will want to leave. But stay, work out your salvation with fear and trembling, even with tears in your eyes.
Know that the Lord loves you and is able to save you, strengthen you, and help you every step of the way. Your day of rest will come. Be encouraged and work faithfully until it does.
Matthew 5:43-45—Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
Hebrews 5:7-10—Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared; Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him; Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec.