The Refining Process
by Mary Loudermilk
One of the most difficult things for us to understand is why bad things happen to good people. At some point in your life someone has probably said, "How can a loving God allow such a terrible thing to happen?" You may ask this yourself. It is easier to blame God than to search for the good that comes through suffering. Yes, the Bible states that there is a purpose and ultimate good for our trials. God's Word tells of many who suffered-some because of willful sin, others because of their stand for righteousness, and still others because it is just part of life. Job, who knew intense pain and suffering, said, "Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble" (Job 14:1). It is the destiny of us all.
Dealing with Difficult People
Bible Study Series: My Life With God
Impossible people! Who hasn’t dealt with someone who makes our life miserable? Whether overbearing, rude, demanding—fill in the blank—they are taxing to be around. It may be a boss, a coworker, a fellow church member, or even someone within our family. They drain our emotions and leave us exhausted when dealing with them.Read More from this Bible Study...
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"Every true prayer has its background and its foreground. The foreground of prayer is the intense, immediate desire for a certain blessing which seems to be absolutely necessary for the soul to have; the background of prayer is the quiet, earnest desire that the will of God, whatever it may be, should be done. What a picture is the perfect prayer of Jesus in Gethsemane! In front burns the strong desire to escape death and to live; but behind there stands, calm and strong, the craving of the whole life for the doing of the will of God...Leave out the foreground, let there be no expression of the will of him who prays, and there is left a pure submission which is almost fatalism. Leave out the background, let there be no acceptance of the will of God, and the prayer is only an expression of self-will, a petulant claiming of the uncorrected choice of him who prays. Only when the two are there together, the special desire resting on the universal submission, the universal submission opening into the special desire, is the picture perfect and the prayer complete." ~Phillips Brooks