It’s been a little while since I have posted on this series. It seems like I have been trying to play catch-up with my posts. This is due in part because I have cut out the late-night blogging times. And I barely have time during the day to write, anymore. In addition, when I do find a minute to type a spiritual post, it is the very time that my computer will decide to crash. Or other unnecessary distractions will occur.
But I have been reading and learning from God’s word. God has been teaching me; now I just have to depend on Him to help me grow. Trust me, it is a struggle.
Today we are going to discuss God’s Desire for our need to grow in grace. It is the sequel to the previous post on our Recognition of the need to grow in grace.
Although we are to do our part and obey God’s command to grow in grace (1 Peter 2:2), God sometimes brings circumstances or situations (struggles) in our lives that will help us to Grow. Here are a few scripture references that teach us about this concept. And here is what Elyse Fitzpatrick commented on each reference in regards to why God brings struggles:
2 Corinthians 1:3-10 : To help us experience His comfort and be able to comfort others
Romans 5:3-5: To help us grow in hope
Hebrews 12:10-11: To help us grow in holiness
1 Peter 1:7: To help us grow in faith
James 1:3-4: To strengthen us
Romans 8:28-29: To help our character to reflect Christ
1 Peter 5:5-7: To humble us and help us return to Him
1 Peter 4:13: To help produce God focused rejoicing in us (Fitzpatrick, 2001, pg.133-134).
No one likes to face struggles. But when we do, it is up to us to see them as God’s way of helping us to grow in Him. So let us take our struggles before the throne of Grace!
Fitzpatrick, E. (2001). Overcoming Fear, Worry, and Anxiety. Eugene, OR: Harvest House Publishers.
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