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“This too Shall Pass”

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“Since we consider and look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen: for the things that are visible are temporal (brief and fleeting), but the things that are invisible are deathless and everlasting” 11 Corinthians 4:18.

Paul, a special messenger of Christ Jesus stated in his letter to the Corinthian believers that he had experienced much affliction and oppressing distress during his missionary journey. He said, I am hedged in (pressed) on every side [troubled and oppressed in every way], but not crushed. He professed that in the middle of hard times, he was not driven to despair; he was not deserted by God; he was not destroyed. Neither did Paul become discouraged and wearied out through fear or pressure. Even though his outer flesh man was weak- his inner self was being progressively renewed by the Holy Spirit day by day.

The secret to Paul’s spiritual success was partially due to his right thinking and ability to look at life through God’s eternal perspective of Truth. He said that these momentary afflictions, in space time, were working something lasting within his soul, while abundantly preparing, producing, and achieving a transcendent glory and blessedness never to cease. Paul had his eyes on what is lasting, not on what is temporary.

We are fragile beings, passing through a world that is itself impermanent. When we lose sight of this, it is easy to get caught up in suffering where we see no end; we have the impression that it will last forever. That is why Paul stated, I look not to the things that are seen but to things that are unseen: for the things that are visible are temporary, but the things that are invisible are deathless and everlasting. We must look to what is  lasting: God the Father- Jesus Christ the Son-the comforting Holy Spirit- to be able to partake of the lasting, eternal fruits of love, joy (gladness), peace, patience (an even temper, forbearance), kindness, goodness (benevolence), faithfulness, gentleness(meekness, humility), and self-control. It is good to know the truth that the Holy Spirit will comfort, encourage, and refresh us to continue to move forward spiritually, through the hard times and the easy times, while traveling on our temporary earthly journey.

 

 

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