If you've ever read my book, Love Never Fails You... www.lynniebooks.blogspot.com, or if you've been a long time reader of Life with Lynnie (LwL), you'll know that I have often written about trials in my life.
Neither have been a comprehensive biography of my life. Nor were they meant to be.
However, I must say that in my life, the reality is I have suffered many trials. Many more than some people, and I'm sure less than others. Many more than I've ever written about.
Why have I written about them?
Well, one person I know, who shall remain nameless, believes I should not do this. From what was said, this person was rather rude and unloving, being condescending towards me, sarcastically comparing me to Christ, claiming that it seems I've had more troubles than our Lord.
I'd like you to know that I have not written about any of my trials and/or tribulations to be unloving to anyone. Nor have I elected to write about the not-so-nice parts of my life for any reason of self-gratification. And, certainly never to compare myself to Jesus!
The reason I have elected to write about life's hardships and troubles, is to help others, who find themselves in the midst of their own trials. To be able to help my brothers and sisters in the Lord know that they are not alone. And, to help them understand how God helps me deal with the darker sides of life.
Troubles for those who are truly saved, are a part of every day life.
Every born-again Christian is going to face trials. Tribulation is just part of our lives.
It's not that we want them, for who in their right mind would ever want troubles? Certainly not me! But, the fact remains. We are burdened in this life with trials.
God even told us so in His Word. In fact, He tells us that as we put sin in the past, we will be faced with more and more trials in life.
Don't believe me? Read it for yourself.
1 Peter 4 tells us, "Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God. For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries: Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you: Who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead. For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit. But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer. And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins. Use hospitality one to another without grudging. As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified. But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men's matters. Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf. For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator."
Yes, you did read correctly that we shouldn't think it is strange the fiery trial that we endure. And, yes... you did read correctly, when you read that when we suffer as a Christian, we should minister to one another. Charity or love, covers a multitude of sin. And, we should not be ashamed, but rather glorify God on this behalf.
By writing about my life's trials, and by writing about how God helps me through, there is no honour and glory for me. None. This is truth.
All the honour and glory goes to God, who helps me through each and every day.
Until next time...
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