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As we continue to walk through this season of hardship and uncertainty, let’s all consider to what degree we are representing Jesus well and advancing the Gospel of Christ—in our marriages, our relationships, our workplaces, our communities, and yes, even in our social media feeds.
This, however, is exactly the opposite of how we are called to behave. As Paul implores the Philippian church in Philippians 1:27 (ESV): “Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the Gospel of Christ.”
Whatever happens. Even when we’re facing an onslaught of unimaginable circumstances? Even when we’re fearful about what the future will hold for ourselves, for our family, and for our nation? Even when we’re angry, antagonized, and convinced that we are right? Even then, Paul says “…so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel” (Philippians 1:27, ESV).
How do you love the unlovable people in your life? Do you apply Matthew 5:44 in those tough situations with them? Do you shy away from the unlovable people in your life and place them in the “too hard” basket?
We all struggle with accepting our lot in life. Sometimes we feel that our share of pain, disappointments, and setbacks is just too much to endure.
Hard places are real at any age and in every life season. They hurt and demoralize us. We don’t deny them. But life-giving truth in God’s word is real too. It’s a treasure of hope.
However, what was it like for the paralytic? He had to rely on friends to carry him wherever he wanted to go. Obviously, this man was what would be deemed in today’s language a “complete quadriplegia”.
You can never go too far for your Father to pursue you. And He does pursue. He ultimately wants you to come to Him. But He doesn’t just sit and wait. He persistently shows up…