real

It's so easy to say and display how much you love Jesus when life is looking great. He's been so good to you. You check in with Him before mealtimes, thank him for the day and the food, and carry on with your life.

It's way harder to be thankful when you're broken, and suffering.

suf·fer·ing 
[suhf-er-ing, suhf-ring]
verb (used with object)
to undergo, be subjected to, or endure pain, distress, injury, loss, or anything unpleasant

Broken and suffering people are the ones who have the most powerful impact on those around them. Those are the people that in their suffering become bright lights for Him.

That is why the Bible is so adamant about being grateful for suffering, because that is when we do the most good for our cause, that is when we glorify Him the most, and when we encourage others to truly see Him. "Look at what he is doing in us! He is our sustainer. We have no hope without Him".

So you see, it is true. That when you are weak, then you are strong. You are probably the strongest you've ever been.

pain

Heart-shattered lives ready for love 
      don't for a moment escape God's notice.
                      Psalm 51:17
God took human form when Jesus Christ was birthed into this world. That means He experienced everything that we do firsthand.

And, He watched as His own innocent son died the cruelest of deaths.

We don’t worship a distant Father.

We worship a God who understands.

God knows pain.

He’s felt it.

And he especially knows your pain. 


This & This are great (and short!) reads if you are hurting.