Helping those that suffer

Suffering People

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Peter… said to Jesus, “But Lord, what about this man?” Jesus said to him, “…what is that to you? You follow Me” (John 21:21-22)

Seeing someone struggle is tough. Many of us have a “fix it” mentality where we want to jump into the middle of the situation and make sure they don’t struggle at all. We truly need to restrain ourselves and pray about our involvement. What is God doing through their struggle? When we jump in to help, we sometimes are jumping in front of God’s will for that person and blocking his work. Sometimes we need to get to the end of ourselves through suffering to truly see what God is doing and learn to depend on him.

Please don’t mistake this for not helping others when called. That’s why it is so important to stay in connection with the Holy Spirit to discern what we are to do. There are times when it is very obvious that help is needed at the moment like if someone is outside freezing without a coat or food or someone is broke down on the highway.

Think about the times you had challenges in your life. What did God work in you through these challenges? Could you have grown as much as you did without the struggle?

Prayer: Lord, it’s hard to be thankful for the times we suffer, but your work in us through the suffering makes us thankful. You always have a purpose for us. I pray that I may discern where it is you want me to jump in. Amen

Faith tip: Pray for clear direction of where God wants you to jump in and help today.

Show your hope

Smörgåsbord, Swedish buffet-style food

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For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good. (Titus 2:11-14)

My husband and I both love food. We both love the process of creating new dishes and then enjoying them. We try to eat sensibly and use healthy foods with lots of greens and whole grains. However, when there is a potluck or a buffet, there is a real struggle going on. I think it’s more of wanting to try everything rather than hunger that makes us eat more than we should at those times. It really helps to make a decision before going what we will eat and when we will say, “no more.”

In this world, there are many temptations. Most are not good for our well being. God gives us the ability to say no through his Holy Spirit. This is not a sacrifice to God; it is an act of obedience for our good. To live a life that is self-controlled, upright and godly in this present age is going against the flow of our culture and is difficult. That’s why we need God’s grace to accomplish it. It’s definitely worth continually practicing this way of life for God’s glory shines brightly through it for all to see drawing people to himself. People today need hope, and when they see the hope we have, they want it, too.

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for the ability to say no to things that are not beneficial to me. I pray that I will continue to look to you for the hope you so freely give. Amen

Faith tip: Today practice saying “no” to things that you know are not beneficial to you.