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The Bible is much more than a book of religion.

Suffering series #1: Bitter or Better

 

God is at work in the life of every Christian beautifying us and fully equipping us to serve Him. Every circumstance He allows us to face is for our good and for His glory. Romans 8:28  The church is not only a spiritual health clinic, but it is also a beauty salon.  Faithful pastors and teachers are not only spiritual doctors, but also spiritual beauticians  who use God's Word to deal with spiritual infirmities and  to remove spots and blemishes from our lives.  Ephesians 4:11-13;   5:25-27

When it comes to our natural bodies, most of us have the good sense to go to our doctor or health practitioner who examines us and  tells us the truth about ourselves and prescribes the remedy.  However, when it comes to  spiritual needs, many Christians avoid preachers who tell them the truth about their spiritual ills and prescribe for them Biblical solutions.  Instead, they  flock to those preachers who tell them what they want to hear about themselves, help them feel good about themselves and provide for them exciting "worship experiences".   II Timothy 4:2-4

Why does God allows difficult circumstances in our lives?

When confronted by Biblical truth we all make a choice.  We either receive the truth and become better,  or we reject the truth and become bitter.   When the child of God rejects the truth,  God in His love for us, takes more drastic measures by allowing disappointments and often tragedies in our lives. It's times like this that we have the opportunity to submit to God and become better Christians, or else we rebel against Him and become bitter Christians.  Hebrews 12:5-17

In the past year you have no doubt faced some difficult circumstances that are absolutely beyond your control. Some of you have had to deal with some unreasonable, cruel people in your life.  How have you responded to this? Do you feel that you have been tossed around by an uncaring God and have you grown bitter;   or have you recognized these  unkind, uncaring people and difficult circumstances as God's tools to make you more saintly? 

How can we attract people to Jesus?

If we are to be winsome  to the lost, attract people to Jesus and reflect His glory,  we must radiate the beauty of Christ. in all our relationships with others.  Ask God to remove all trace of bitterness from your life.  Get under the faithful preaching of the Word,  submit yourself to God and let Him make you a better Christian.

Albert Orsborn wrote a little chorus we used to sing as young people.

Let the beauty of Jesus be seen in me,

All His wonderful passion and purity;

Oh, Thou Spirit Divine,

All my nature refine

Till the beauty of Jesus be seen in me. 

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May 9, 2006 - Posted by | Suffering

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