A Reason for Courage

  • July 17, 2017
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God has not redeemed us to make our lives happy, healthy, or free of trouble. He’s redeemed us to make us more like Jesus.

God has not redeemed us to make our lives happy, healthy, or free of trouble. He’s redeemed us to make us more like Jesus. Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada and that’s a perspective that resonates with, well… with mothers who struggle to care for their child with a disability, or lonely widows who have lost their husbands. It’s helped people like me with chronic pain or those who wrestle against depression. People find courage in the idea that God is not interested in making us happy; He’s interested in making us more like Christ. So God’s not against you; He is for you—He is making you like His Son. And if Jesus learned obedience through what He suffered, as it says in Hebrews, then are we above our Master? I don’t think so. So friend, consider how suffering, today, is shaping you to be more like Jesus, and find courage to face each trial with a smile.

 

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