Topic: Develop Your Character
Scripture: Withstand him; be firm in faith [against his onset—rooted, established, strong, immovable, and determined], knowing that the same (identical) sufferings are appointed to your brotherhood (the whole body of Christians) throughout the world. – 1 Peter 5:9 (AMPC)
We might look at other people and think they never have to go through anything difficult, but we’re all going through different things. Some people have gone through devastating things that nobody knows anything about. Others have learned the art of suffering silently. They know only God can help them, so they don’t bother telling everyone they meet what they’re going through.
It’s not wrong to share our troubles with a friend or counselor, but it’s important that we don’t assume others aren’t having any challenges in life just because they don’t look depressed or don’t talk about their problems. We need to be mindful to show God’s love to the people around us, because we don’t know what they’re going through.
All of us get hurt at times, and we have the opportunity to either let it make us bitter, or to let it make us better. How can injustices make us better? For one thing, doing what’s right when we don’t have feelings supporting us builds strong character in us. Intelligence and talents are God’s gifts, but character is developed. It’s incredibly important that we learn to let God heal our hurts, receive His love, move forward by His grace, and be willing to serve others (see 1 Peter 4:10; 1 John 4:19).
Prayer Starter: Father, please help me to get my eyes off of my own problems enough to reach out and help those around me who are hurting. Thank You for giving me the discernment, grace and compassion I need to truly make a difference. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Joyce Meyer 22 November 2020 Devotional Message – Joyce Meyer is an American Charismatic Christian author and speaker and president of Joyce Meyer Ministries. Joyce and her husband Dave have four grown children.
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