Remaining content, while we go through the trials is something most all Christians have trouble with. First if all, it isn’t logical for man to think positive thoughts, while in a negative situation. The very idea of us remaining joyful and at peace during times of stress, brought on by financial troubles, serious illness, marital problems, rebellious children, tyrannical bosses, manipulative coworkers and so on…just doesn’t make sense.
We respond by turning and running away, as fast as we can. We convince ourselves that if the people and the circumstances in our lives would change; then everything would be alright. If we just change jobs, change our spouses, etc.; then our problems would be gone. All of our stress and frustration will just melt away.
Wrong! Living the life; joy unspeakable and full of glory is all about us. It is the attitude we take with us, in every situation that makes all the difference. We have to decide that no matter what, we are not going to let what is, determine what will be.
Pressing on, day by day is never easy, but God, in His wisdom, has begun a good work in us and His Word says just that.
Philippians 1:6 - Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:
We tend to forget that He is perfecting in us, His will for us; not our will. The Fruits of the Spirit are made manifest in us little by little, one day at a time. If anger is our problem, then we face trials associated with anger management. If we hold a grudge and haven’t forgiven someone, then we will constantly encounter people we have to forgive. God will keep sending those very irritating people into our lives, until we recognize He is trying to get our attention. The problem is ours; not theirs.
Yes, we do meet people who are just “fingernails on a chalkboard”, but it is in those relationships that we find out who we are in the flesh and who we are in Christ. When we pray, asking for God to teach us to be forgiving, truly forgiving and accepting of others, just as they are; we are most assuredly going to be tested.
Joy and peace are ours, when we finally come to the realization that He is in the process of answering our prayer, His way. Okay, not exactly in the way we expected, but, even so, He is performing a good work in us. The more we practice, the easier it becomes. Then one day, we wake up and find that our lifelong struggle is gone. GONE! Victory is ours at last!
Aren’t we glad God loves us enough to deal with each of us on an individual basis? We all have a testimony in this area. He will continue to perform the good work in all of us, until He comes for us again.
Lord, we are thankful that you love us enough to perfect in us the Fruits of the Holy Spirit, your way. AMEN.
Galatians 5: 22-26 - But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.