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Faith & Life: Are You Allowing Your Problems to Perfect You?


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Are You Allowing Your Problems to Perfect You?

Problems Can Make You Better or Bitter

by J.M. Troppello


I can freely admit that I don’t like problems. I’m sure most people don’t like them either. However, they are a part of life. There is no escaping enduring struggles in this life. You may think the grass is greener on the other side – and that other people have an easier life than you do. But you never know what people are dealing with in their lives. Especially in this age of social media, everyone is always trying to put on a brave face, showcase all their ‘wins,’ and depict that their life is perfect. That’s not real. Everyone has problems.


“Problems patiently endured will work for our spiritual perfecting.” – A.W. Tozer

I like this statement by A.W. Tozer. There is a lot of truth to his words. When you endure struggles in life, they will work to cultivate spiritual growth. Notice how he used the word patiently endured. That spiritual growth will only come when you patiently endure them – and allow them to make you better and not bitter.


2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. 4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. 6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; (James 1:2-8, NKJV)

This passage from James is well-known and often cited when discussing how you can ‘profit from your trials.’ If you want to thrive in your Christian walk, you need to start looking at your trials as something to profit from. Yes, that sounds crazy. I don’t want to endure struggles. How can I profit from them? I don’t want anything to do with them. Back to the beginning of this discussion – struggles are a part of life. Shouldn’t you and I find a way to profit from them—or grow in our walk with the Lord—because of those trials?


I didn’t always profit from my trials. Many times, as a young Christian, I struggled and complained a lot. Through the years, I’ve learned that I could profit from them by allowing God to use those trials to cultivate spiritual growth in my life.


Just remember that the main key is that you must count it all joy when you fall into various trials. Did you catch that? This journey starts with you. If you want to profit from these struggles – by becoming more patient and growing in your faith – then you need to start that process by counting it all joy when you’re experiencing those trials.


God wants to start that spiritual growth in you, but it starts with you!


Are you willing to change your mindset and experience that benefit of growing in patience and faith in the Lord by counting it all joy when you go through trials?



Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.

 

About the Author


JM Troppello at Mustard Seed Sentinel

J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.


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