Lies Women Believe – Dealing with Circumstances

One of the truths that I found encouraging in this chapter was that our current circumstances won’t last forever. “This too shall pass.”
2 Corinthians and Philippians reveal Paul’s joy in spite of the trials he experienced. He was able to learn contentment regardless of his circumstances and found his strength in Christ. We can be miserable in a mansion and ecstatic in a mud hut – circumstances do not have to dictate our happiness and joy.
There are benefits we can gain from our suffering, such as developing a closer relationship with God and being a testimony to others of His grace in our lives. 1 Peter gives us God’s purposes in suffering and helps our perspective to be that of glorifying God in our lives. It also reminds us that we have received an eternal inheritance.
In James 1, we see that trials produce maturity and that perseverance in trials produces joy. Romans 8 and 2 Corinthians 4 remind us that this world is temporary and there is future glory that awaits us.
If we lived in such a way that our focus was on bringing glory and pleasure to God, we would not be so wrapped up in gossip but in encouraging each other. We would not let anger and petty differences keep us from ministering to those in need.

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