Staying strong

We get tired. Discouragement creeps in. We might even get to the point where we throw up our hands and say, “Lord, this is just too hard. I can’t do it.”

But the Word we live by tells us not to get tired, not to give up. How do we stay strong? 

The eighth chapter of Facing the Future looks at God’s answers to that question.

Many passages about the future and what is ahead of us speak of one important source of help and protection: Knowing what is ahead, the Scripture says, don’t stop loving, encouraging, teaching, and counseling each other.* A favorite phrase of the epistle writers is “build each other up.”

God works through His children on earth by His Spirit within, and the Spirit has given each of us a special gift. It may be hospitality, the ability to teach well, listening with compassion, or being kind to a weary heart, among many other things. Your gift was not given to you for your benefit; it was given so that you could help me. 

Building each other up. Body building. It will keep us strong.

* see Jude 1:20, 21

 

Thoughts from  Facing the Future, Copyright © 2020 JPV Press, to be released April 28, 2020. Used with permission

 

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