VERSE OF THE DAY: John 11:14
Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead.
We know that God is love. We know that when God came to earth as the man, Christ Jesus, he spoke peace & calmed a storm. We know that Jesus was so kind and approachable that children were comfortable & happy to receive a hug from him.
Sometimes, however, Jesus must take on a role of cold, hard reality. That's what we find Jesus doing in John 11:14. In this verse he was not saying, "peace be still." He was not saying, "Let the children come!" In this verse he was lowering the boom about reality, saying it "plainly."
Sometimes Jesus does this in our lives as well. He requires us to face and accept a hard fact.
But we can never become so overwhelmed with the shock and emotion caused by the reality that we lose faith in God's love for us. Regardless of the pain, God is at work for us. He will never leave or forsake us. He will walk through the difficulties of life with us.
THOUGHTS AND DISCUSSIONS
What "realities" have you had to face?
What emotions did you feel?
Do you feel you found a way to trust God's love?
Tell God your thoughts & feelings.
Ask forgiveness for any time you may have doubted his love.
Ask for his help to think and behave as a disciple of Christ.
Tell God (and possibly yourself, and those you're accountable to) that you will strive to handle difficulties with behaviors of faith in God's love for you.
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The Verse of the Day is taken from a selection of Bible memory verses, compiled for memorization by the United Pentecostal Church International, for the Bible Quizzing program.
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