Monday, November 26, 2012

How to Rejoice in the Midst of Suffering

Good morning, everyone! Welcome back to the King's Daughter. I quickly want to announce that from now on there is going to be an outline that I am providing for you all if you want to take notes and keep them in a notebook, computer, or Bible.

Here is where you can find it!

Also, on a sidenote, make sure to come back every Monday and Thursday for a post. I need to get in the hang of posting more often, so this will be a good way for me to get started.

I would like for you to open your Bible to 1 Peter 3: 8-12 , or you can just click here.

We all suffer at times in our lives. To some people, it isn't a big deal. To other, it's huge. Because when you are suffering, every little thing can bring you down. Whether your goldfish died, or your grandmother passed away, or you got detention for the first time, it's how you suffer, and to you, it's a big deal.

So how do we rejoice when we are suffering? If God truly loves us, then He wouldn't make us suffer, right? Wrong. I think you will find out how in a few minutes.

These are the checkpoints for living a mature life in your home, your church, and your outside relationships.

- Live in harmony with one another.
- Be sympathetic. 
You need to have a mututal understanding of what someone is going through. If they cry, you cry. In the song Hossanna, it says "Break my heart for what breaks yours" so if it hurts God, it should hurt you.
 - Love as brothers. We all know the saying, Love your neighbor as yourself. This deals with it directly.
- Be compassionate.
-Be humble.
This is probably one of the hardest things for me to do. We have a strong dislike for people who do us wrong, but how is that representing God. We are here on the earth for Him. We are his people.
-Control your tongue. 
It's pretty self explanatory, but make sure you are watching what you say. It could become very hurtful.
- Live a Pure and Peaceful life. 

We also need to learn how to respond when suffering. If we respond the wrong way, things could get worse.

- Consider yourself uniquely blessed by God.
-Do not run in panic or sit in worry.
-Acknowledge Christ as Lord over every area and event in your life.
-Be ready to tell your story.
-Live your life with integrity.

Leave me a comment on how you rejoice in the midst of suffering, and if you used the outline!

I will see you all on Thursday. For now you can go to my other blog Color Coordinated.

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