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Therefore, I tell you, because her many sins have been forgiven, she has loved much. But he who has been forgiven little loves little.”  Luke 7:47

It is the goodness and kindness of God that led us to the door of repentance. When we entered, we found the word of God, which showed us how sinful we are. (Romans 3:20)

When a sinful woman from the town learned where Jesus was eating, she came to him weeping and found forgiveness.

The day I heard the Lord say, “your sins are forgiven” was the best day of my life. Over the years, I struggled with sins and following the Lord in praying, giving, and sharing his love to others. I was a sheep who loved Jesus little, perhaps because I had been forgiven little.

Upon reading this passage recently, I heard the Lord say, “your many sins are forgiven.” The word many really stood out this time: countless, or great in number.

Christian friend, when we first believed, we had a clear view of our sins and the absolute forgiveness God granted to us. As far as the east is from the west, so far had he removed our sins from us.

As the days and years pass, sadly, we still offend. Some sins are evident; others are hidden, but not to Him. They are countless. He knows them intimately and died for them all.

Let us daily hear him say to us, “your sins, which are many, are forgiven you.” Then we will love much more and no longer live for ourselves, but for him who died for us.

We will meet him soon. And he will say, “well done, my good and faithful servant. Your sins, which were many, are forgiven.”

My Lord, as your servant David said, “who am I that you have brought me this far?” I thank you that it was you that began a good work in me and promised to carry it on to completion. Thank you for continuing to show me what a great sinner I am so that I can love you the more.

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“For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.”  Romans 6:14


Since becoming a Christian in my early twenties, I often reflect on how my actions are often disappointing and shameful. And it seems to me that a greater understanding of spiritual truths has produced little improvement in my spiritual walk.

The apostle describes this frustration perfectly, “I know that good itself doesn’t dwell in me, that is in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I can’t carry it out. I don’t do the good I want to do, but it’s the evil I don’t want to do that I keep doing” (Romans 7:18-19).

Fellow pilgrim, let’s take heart together and look to Jesus, who said, “without me you can do nothing.”

He gave the Holy Spirit to dwell in us. Our minds are set on what the Spirit desires; yet, there is a war between the flesh and the Spirit (Galatians 5:17).

It is by the Spirit that we put to death the misdeeds of the body. Let me repeat this. By the Spirit we win the battles. We live in his realm – where he rules.

He helps us in our weaknesses. We don’t know how to pray, but he intercedes for us according to God’s will.

He leads us and empowers us so that we are no longer slaves of sin. We don’t fear judgement anymore, since the Spirit testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children (Romans 8:13-15).

Before we were born, God foreknew us and predestined that we would be conformed to the image of his Son. This is God’s promise. He never lies.

Remember when we weren’t his? We had no battles — we were simply following our desires without resistance. Let us thank him for the war. Because he lives in us in all his resurrection power, we will be raised to eternal life at the end, pure and holy, the victory forever won.

Lord Jesus, thank you for giving us the Spirit! He lives in us and guarantees that we receive everything you have promised, including eternal life. Remind us often that it is by his power living in us that we will follow you to the end by faith.

Whenever you are tempted, remind yourself that God himself lives in you by his Spirit and gives you all the power you need to step out in faith and obey him step by step. Say no to sin, and yes to him, trusting that he is enabling you to do so.

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Christian friend, is there someone you haven’t spoken to in a while? Don’t lose hope. Keep praying for the one you love. You might see the whole picture soon.


They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.Acts 1:14

My brother and I hadn’t spoken for a while. At first, my unanswered calls led to confusion. I was sure he was mad at me, but I wanted to talk. Over the months, my other attempts were also met with silence. Anger and resentment filled my heart. I also felt sadness and great loss. Sometimes, there are things we just don’t understand.

Jesus was greatly misunderstood by his siblings. Growing up with the story that your brother didn’t have an earthly father, must have been confusing. I wouldn’t have believed the virgin birth either. It’s also easy to understand resenting a perfect, sinless brother.

At the end, we see anger and bitterness openly manifested when his family tries to take him away from the crowds saying, “He is out of his mind.” Even his own brothers didn’t believe in him (John 7:3-5).

They didn’t have the whole picture yet. Jesus’s deity was veiled. He made himself nothing, being found in appearance as a man. Being equal with God, but not using it to his own advantage, humbling himself, being obedient to death (Philippians 2:6-8). This was God’s plan and would be revealed at the right time.

I’m glad for these words “and with his brothers.” Our Lord was merciful to his brothers. After seeing Jesus taken up with their own eyes, they now understood everything.

Christian friend, is there someone you haven’t spoken to in a while? Don’t lose hope. Keep praying for the one you love. You might see the whole picture soon.

After 2 years, my brother called wanting to get together. I didn’t know the whole story.

Lord Jesus, you do everything well. Even in your humiliation you excel, being gracious and merciful, providing the perfect sacrifice for our sins. We thank you and praise you Lord! Help us to be patient and loving with others even when we don’t understand what is happening.

Entrust any difficult circumstance or relationship that comes to mind to Jesus, trusting him for the wisdom and strength to deal with it according to his will.

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Then a man named Jairus, a synagogue leader, came and fell at Jesus’ feet pleading with him to come to his house because his only daughter, a girl of about 12, was dying.” Luke 8:41-42

Growing up in a small mountain ski town, my son became an experienced snowboarder. Two years ago, he was late coming back after taking a couple of runs. My worry was replaced quickly with fear after I received a call from the hospital emergency room stating that he was going into surgery with internal bleeding.

Fear usually comes upon us unexpectedly when we have no control over the situation.

The news comes in many ways. You go for a routine physical and your doctor calls wanting to go over your lab results. Your teenager’s late getting home, then you see a police officer pull up your driveway.

Jairus was not a known follower of Jesus. Many of his peers were suspicious and envious of Jesus. Then fear came suddenly to his house. His little girl was dying, bringing him begging at Jesus’ feet. Then came those dreaded words, “Your daughter is dead, don’t bother the teacher anymore.”

But Jesus said to him, “Don’t be afraid, just believe and she will be healed.” Well, we’re still reading this incredible story.

Christian friend, has your greatest fear come upon you? Hear his word to you,

For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, do not fear: I will help you” (Isaiah 41:13).

And also,

I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live even though they die” (John 11:25).

My son’s getting married this year. Often God gives us earthly treasures. More importantly, he’s pleased to give us the kingdom (Luke 12:32).

Father, you know that I am weak and fear many things. Help me through your Word and your Spirit to trust you. You are my light and salvation, the stronghold of my life, of whom shall I be afraid?

Remind yourself often that God is with you and is upholding you and strengthening you for every task he is entrusting to you.

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Jesus replied, “Are you not in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God?Mark 12:24

Mistakes are always costly.

In business, errors are eventually revealed, and though unintentional, usually result in money coming out of someone’s pocket.

When it comes to eternal matters, the consequences for being wrong are severe. We all share the same problem.

“There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death” (Proverbs 14:2).

The Sadducee’s felt secure in their belief that the dead do not rise. In his kindness, Jesus took the time to set them straight. He said,

He is not the God of the dead, but the God of the living, therefore, you are greatly mistaken” (Mark 12:27).

Paul, the apostle, wrote to those doubters,

If the dead aren’t raised, then Christ hasn’t risen either. Your faith is useless and you’re still in your sins and lost. But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead
(1 Corinthians 15:13-20).

Friend, you who must see to believe, don’t doubt. Learn from the Sadducee’s’ mistake. Don’t be deceived by the dictates of your own heart. Instead, listen to Jesus, “you are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God.

There’s a day coming. Jesus will sit on a great white throne. The dead, both great and small, will stand before him. Books will be opened, and each one will be judged by what is recorded in the books.

**Will your name be found in the Book of Life? **

Jesus thank you for delivering me from the deception of my own heart. Because you live, I know I will live and see you one day soon.

Ask God to lead you to people who have not yet passed from death to life by putting their faith in Jesus. Pray for them and ask God to grant you opportunities to invite them to experience eternal life with Jesus.

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Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.  Luke 23:34

God always makes the first move. He seeks those that are not looking for him. We love him because he first loved us. He chooses to forgive sinners who have no idea of the magnitude of the offenses they have committed against him.

Let’s peer into the window of time and see Jesus’ last hours on earth as he hangs on the cross.
His worst enemies in attendance.

Vile, heartless soldiers and envious religious leaders watching from below.
Next to him two criminals crying out,

If you’re the Son of God save yourself and us” (Luke 23:39).

**Amazingly, what do we hear next? **

Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”

Look closely at what follows. Out of this group, some find undeserving grace.
Light to open blinded eyes supplied.
The Spirit dispatched to soften hardened hearts.

“Truly this was the Son of God”, proclaim the soldiers guarding him (Matthew 27:54).

“Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom,” utters the repentant thief.

Later, some of the Pharisees believe in their Messiah.

What about you?

Do you doubt God, or do you just want him to get you out of trouble?

Take heart. Our Lord finds people like you and me who aren’t looking for him. He reveals himself to those who aren’t asking for him (Romans 10:20). When we take our last breath, may we hear these words: *

You did not choose me, but I chose you. Come, you who are blessed by my Father, take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.”

Thank you, Jesus, for granting us mercy as you suffered so greatly for our sins. Eternity will not be long enough to express our love and gratitude.

Ask the Lord to help you trust his promises concerning his love for you and ask him to help you remain faithful as you walk in the Spirit by faith.

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He will also keep you firm to the end so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful who has called you into fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.1 Corinthians 1:8-9

Often, we get a better understanding of what something is by what it is not. Unfaithfulness is one of those words. There is nothing sadder than the harm that comes to a relationship after one of the parties has been unreliable, untrustworthy, disloyal, or untrue. No matter how great the love was, there is an end to the trust that held it together.

I know that God initiated our relationship and I love him because he loved me first. Sadly, I often fail to honor my part in the relationship. My heart tends to stray and sometimes my neglect causes me to fear that he may leave me before I die.

Then I remember his words,

I will betroth you to me forever in righteousness, justice, love, and compassion”  (Hosea 2:19).

Though I may be disloyal and faithless, he remains faithful. He made a promise and he cannot lie. He saw all the sins I would commit before he created me, yet he still called me into fellowship with his Son.

How can this be? When Jesus died for my sins, it was fitting and lawful for me to be loved since he became my righteousness, holiness, and redemption (1 Corinthians 1:30).

Christian friend, let your soul take heart and be encouraged. He who began a good work in you will complete it until the day of Christ Jesus. Yes, we stumble along the way, but we will not fall away. He will keep us both firm to the end and blameless on that final day. He is faithful and always keeps his promise.

Lord Jesus, I am not worthy of your love, yet I am so thankful for your faithfulness. I know that because the Father loves you, he loves me and that I will be found in you on that last day.

Thank God often for his unfailing, faithful, eternal love.

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When they heard about the resurrection of the dead, some of them sneered, but others said, “We want to hear you again on this subject.” At that, Paul left the council. Some of the people became followers of Paul and believed.” Acts 17:32-34

When the gospel is preached, there are always three responses. Some will mock and ridicule the resurrection. By God’s grace, others hear the truth and believe. But it’s another group I want to talk about today.

Many enjoy hearing the message but aren’t quite ready to believe and follow the Lord. King Agrippa told Paul, after hearing of Jesus being raised from the dead, “you almost persuade me to become a Christian” (Acts 26:28).

Felix, after listening to Paul speak on the judgment to come, was afraid saying, “Go away for now, when I have a convenient time, I will call you” (Acts 24:25).

I remember being in the same place. I enjoyed hearing the message and knew it was the truth. But I was also afraid, knowing I deserved to be judged for my sins. I thank God for drawing me back and enabling me to believe.

What about you, friend? Are you almost persuaded? Are you afraid? Or are you like Thomas who said, “Unless I put my finger into the print of the nails, I will not believe.” Today is the day of salvation! Jesus will not turn you away.

God is patient and long-suffering. It’s his goodness that leads us to repentance. But he also says, “Today, if you will hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.”

Hell is full of those who mistakenly thought they had plenty of time to make a good decision. “We will hear you again on this matter.” These words muttered on the earth will surely haunt them forever.

Lord Jesus, thank you for patiently bringing all your sheep into the fold. I am forever grateful that I heard your voice and followed you. Bring in the rest by your grace and for your glory!

What is God asking you to believe him for today? Will you sneer, hesitate, or full-heartedly trust in him?

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The law was brought in so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more.”  Romans 5:20

We gaze into the mirror every morning.

The reflection may reveal unpleasant wrinkles and aging, yet this doesn’t keep us from our next appointment with the mirror.

The law of God is like a mirror. It simply reveals the truth that we are sinners. No more, no less. God wants us to see ourselves as he sees us. For example, when we look into the mirror – the law of God – we might hear the command “Do not lie”, and we see that we are liars.

His law reveals the knowledge of our sins and declares that no one is justified in his sight (Romans 3:19-20). Unlike the mirror in our bathroom, this often frightens us, and so we run away from it.

Thankfully, the Holy Spirit brings us back to God’s mirror.

He knows this is our tutor to lead us to Jesus. Believer, the law of God has been your friend. It opened the passage to the narrow path, bringing you to the cross of your Savior where your sins were paid in full.

And you who attempt to be justified by solely keeping the Ten Commandments? Understand that whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of all (James 2:10) unless they accept Jesus as their Savior.

Pick up the mirror of God. What do you see in the reflection? Don’t be afraid, only repent. Jesus will not turn you away. He’s waiting for you.

Thank you, merciful Lord, for showing us what we didn’t want to see. This was your power and grace at work in our hearts! Thank you for revealing Jesus, our Savior who forgives undeserving sinners. Amen.

Look in the mirror. What do you see first, your flaws or your good points? What do you think God sees first when he looks into your soul? With Jesus in your life, you can be sure he sees Christ’s goodness.

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Peter declared, “Even if all fall away I will not”. “Truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “today yes tonight, before the rooster crows twice, you yourself will disown me three times.” But Peter insisted emphatically, “Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.” And all the others said the sameMark 14:29-31.

Sometimes our greatest strength can be our greatest weakness. Peter was tough and fearless, declaring to all his allegiance to his master. When he cut off the man’s ear in the garden, he proved it. But later the rooster crowed as Peter denied knowing him.

My being the oldest brought high expectations from my eager parents. Early, repetitive training produced common traits found in a firstborn. But the things that come naturally to us can be our greatest downfall. I often forget this, attributing successes to my own abilities and strengths. Then pride begins to settle quietly in my heart.

Jesus said, “What do you have that you have not been given?” All of us were born with the gifts, abilities, and IQ we possess. We have nothing to boast about.

Jesus is our greatest example.

Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness … he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death” (Philippians 2:6-8).

What about you, Christian friend? What is it that comes easily for you? Thank God for what you have been given. Let’s use what comes easily not only for our own interests, but for the interests of others, bringing glory to our Lord. And remember, though we may fall because of pride, he remains faithful. Jesus told Peter, “When you return to me, strengthen your brothers.” Later God used his talents through the Holy Spirit to lead his Church.

Thank you, Lord, for giving me your Spirit showing me the awful sin of pride. Help me to bring you honor and glory to you through all that you have blessed me to do in this life.

Throughout This Day: Thank God often for all the gifts and abilities he has given you so that you could serve people around you in his strength.

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The TV was on, and I heard them again. The voices. They’re trying to scare me and seclude me from others.

Suddenly, as we went about minding our business, these voices interrupted our daily lives. They got louder and more persistent. Fear was purposely planted into our hearts, and we were afraid to go outside. We worried about our kids. We began to avoid other people, including our families.

Fear is real and cripples us, but we should not be afraid as other people. We’ll leave this earth on God’s appointed day, but we need not fear death or judgment. Jesus laid down his life for his followers and has given us eternal life. (John 10:27-28)  “ My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.  And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.

Christian friend, God didn’t “give us a spirit of timidity, but of power, love and a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7). He also left us with a deep peace that the world cannot offer, so let not your heart be troubled and do not be afraid. Take courage and go share Christ’s love with your neighbor. There is no fear in love because perfect love drives out fear.

And now a word to you who doubt God. Your death will also arrive on it’s appointed day and you do have cause to worry. You will face your Judge alone on that day. Fear him while you have breath and come to him in repentance. Let him bring you life.. He won’t turn you away, and you will have his love forever.

Lord, thank you for conquering death and delivering me from the wrath to come. Give me compassion for others who are ignorant of the truth as I once was. The Spirit reminds me of his power and tells me to go outside. There’s someone I need to talk to about Jesus. Amen.

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“You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness.”  1 Thessalonians 5:5

The dark can be a scary place. I have never felt comfortable in the darkness. My imagination runs to places I’d never think of if I was in a lit room.

When I was a young boy, my older cousins tied me to a tree and left me there alone in the backyard at night. After a while, I was able to free myself. I’ve never forgotten the feeling of running out of the dark and into the light of my house.

Jesus said there would be some cast out into outer darkness where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth (Matthew 13:40-43). These will never see the light again. But there is great hope for us all. He also said,

I am the light of the world; whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life (John 8:12).

God is light, and in him, there is no darkness at all. He calls us out of the darkness into his marvelous light. He then delivers us from its power over us and translates us into his kingdom (Colossians 1:13). What great love the Father has lavished on us that we should be called the children of God!

Fellow pilgrim, by the power of the Holy Spirit, you are no longer a slave of sin and darkness. You don’t live there anymore. You no longer belong to the night. As the day dawns, let us wake up because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.

Lord, thank you for opening my eyes that I would turn from the darkness to light and to you, receiving the forgiveness of my sins and an inheritance among all those who put their faith in you. Amen.

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I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh.” Ezekiel 11:19

The first time I heard his voice, it brought discomfort and fear. I stayed away as long as possible. He persisted and shined a bright light on the utter darkness of my heart. Then in my worst despair, he brought me up close to the cross where my sins were paid. My tears flowed. He brings me back to this place often to remind me of his love.

Scripture says I am the temple of the living God and that he, the Holy Spirit, would live with me, be my God and I would be his child (2 Corinthians 6:16). Looking back at my life as a Christian, he has always been on the inside, “the inner man” battling my fleshly desires and interceding for me when I didn’t know how to pray. I have never seen the Spirit with my eyes, but he bears witness with my spirit that I am hisSpirit with my eyes, but he bears witness with my spirit that I am his.

He’s more than a Helper. He lives in our hearts through faith that we might have the power to grasp the deep love that Christ has for us. It’s an immeasurable love that surpasses all knowledge (Ephesians 3:18-19).

Do you hear his voice? He knows you very well. Stop running away. He has the truth and you need to hear it today. No one cares more about your soul than God. Listen to his Spirit.

Lord, remind me always of your great promises given to me by your Spirit, who not only abides with me but lives in me. Thank you for walking with me on this pilgrimage. Enable me to faithfully serve you to the end. Amen.

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“For this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I myself will search for my sheep and look after them. As a shepherd looks after his scattered flock when he is with them, so will I look after my sheep. I will rescue them from all the places where they were scattered on a day of clouds and darkness.Ezekiel 34:11-12

Years ago, I was in a bad place.

It was dark and cloudy as I pursued my own sinful pleasures. Angels were not dispatched that day, but the Lord himself sought me out. I wasn’t looking for him when he found me.

Sheep are prone to wander and become vulnerable. They have no claws to defend themselves. Sheep can drown if their wool gets too wet as they wade in to get water to drink.

We are like sheep and have gone astray, as Isaiah 53:6 says. We need a shepherd. Thank goodness God is not far away from each of us (Acts 17:27).

The shepherds in Ezekiel’s day led the people with force and cruelty. Jesus is different. He strengthens the weak and binds up the broken. He seeks out what was lost. He called my name that day and led me out of a black dungeon.

Jesus said, I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. My sheep listen to my voice. I know them and they follow me. I give them eternal life and they shall never perish” (John 10:11, 27-28).

What about your life? Are you in a bad place?

Quit following strangers who don’t care about you. They run as soon as the wolf appears.

Follow the Good Shepherd.

When he has brought out all his own, he goes ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice.” (John 10:4).

Thank you, Lord, for having an interest in me and searching for me when I was lost. I praise you for your goodness and for giving up your life for me so I can live with you forever. Be my shepherd and teach me to follow you. Amen.

By Rich Vega
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Are you at a place in your life where you want to know Jesus – walk and talk with Him?   You can start a life surrendered to Christ today. This is a sample, simple prayer, but the words are powerful and full of meaning.  If  you believe them Christ will make something beautiful out of your life:

Lord Jesus, I want to know You personally. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life to You and ask You to come in as my Savior and Lord. Take control of my life. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be.

It starts now!


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“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”  2 Corinthians 1:3-5

Life is good, but sometimes it can be hard.

Trials and temptations come to all of us, often arriving without warning. Some can be extremely difficult and different than anything we could have imagined.

The worst part is the battle that takes place in our mind. Weeks turn into months. It’s exhausting and we might want to give up.

Take courage my Christian friend. You may not only to believe in him, but also to suffer his sake (Philippians 1:29). Perhaps now, for a little while, the genuineness of your faith is being proven by how you face these trials, but remember that God is in full control.

I know you might feel alone and may not even speak to anyone about it. But understand there is someone else who has experienced the exact same thing. Be encouraged by that. Trust in Christ to strengthen you enough to endure. God will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear and will provide a way of escape. He has a purpose and will not allow us to fail (Psalm 125:3).

Soon, it will all make sense. Perhaps there is someone else experiencing a very hard time. They know God is in control, but they can’t bear another moment. They’re thinking no one can understand what they’re going through. You are about to surprise them.

Father, though trials bring us grief, we are thankful that you allow them for a purpose. We know that our faith must be tested as gold refined through fire, so that we will be found to praise, honor and glory when Jesus Christ is revealed. Help us show others this as well. Amen.

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