The Way We Grow

Apr 23, 2024 | Growing in God's Grace

“Dear Friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you,
as though something strange were happening to you.
But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ,
so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.”
1 Peter 4:12-13

 

The Ladies Bible Study I attend on Tuesday mornings studied the story of Abigail based on 1 Samuel 25.

Today’s Lesson was, “The Way We Grow” and “New Life” two of my favourite topics.

Nancy Leigh Wolgemuth is the author of this study about “living with the troublesome people in your life.”

Who can’t learn from that?

We talked about Nabal, who was Abigail’s husband, a mean and surly man.

As the study progressed, we learned how to be more and more Christ-like. We all agreed that Abigail is a good example to follow next to Jesus Christ, who always comes first.

Abigail showed patience, perseverance and character in how she delt with her not so amiable husband.

She displayed and reflected Christ-likeness in being a woman of wisdom.

Today, we focused on learning how trials or suffering shape our character.

Many people don’t like the season of winter as much as spring.

During winter, things are dark, dreary, and cold. There are fewer signs of life.

Spring unfolds, birds are back, sweet songs fill the air, and everything is blossoming,

growing, and blooming!

What’s not to like about bursting new life?

Similar to that, we can draw the analogy that the winters or trials of the soul are dark, hard, and sometimes just plain bleak.

But they always lead to growth when we lean on God for life.

None of us likes to suffer. Yet spiritual growth seems to advance inside us as we go through painful trials.

God often uses these hard times, problems and painful circumstances to grow us into Christlikeness.

Our cross of suffering looks different for each person and God is sovereign over each of our lives, our trials and our growth as Christians.

As we learn from our trials, Christ builds endurance, character, and hope in us as we turn over the trials and our hearts to Him to mold.

As we embrace what God intends to do in us, the process sanctifies us (or transforms/changes) us.

God uses the offenses and hurts others may cause us to make us become more like Him, as we grow in character.

Look at Abigail. She is the subject of many Bible discussions several thousand years later!

There are many good examples to learn from in Scripture. To name a few, Ruth, Deborah, Esther, Hannah, Elizabeth, Mary, Rahab, and so many more.

Each one of us has a story of our own. And God is writing that story as part of His story.

We have to keep our eyes on Jesus and on eternity as we go through this life and the many trials we will go through.

If we keep our eyes on our circumstances, we will become defeated, especially during a very painful trial.

Look up dear one.

Hold to the thought of life forevermore with Jesus. No more tears, no more suffering, and no more trials.

I can only imagine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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