Learning Obedience

God wants us to be able to know what He went through and what others have gone through. His desire is that we be a people who identify with those who suffer with the comforting heart of Christ. God wants a people who have gained experience by learning obedience by the things they have suffered.

God wants to make us mature sharers of Christ's suffering. If the Holy Spirit brings back the greatest blessings in your life where you experienced maturity and the presence of God, they would be the times where you were not spared and perhaps where all seemed to be failing. But you stayed with God, and though weak, you kept on learning obedience. You learned through the trial that you were made to suffer. Then six months later you find yourself weeping and identifying with some other person. You are broken. All you went through is brought to remembrance in your heart, though maybe you do not say anything in reference to it. But all you went through comes out in your spirit and the person senses your deep love and understanding and you can comfort him.

How many times do we feel we cannot go on or cannot see the possibility of it ever working? We feel we cannot take it. But we are not rebelling. Then we cry out to God. He hears and He gives us comfort to comfort, love to give, and grace to experience. We have learned obedience, a weak people who have learned how to have God's strength.

Carl H. Stevens

Carl H. Stevens

(1929-2008) pastored and established thriving churches and Bible colleges in Maine, Massachusetts, and Maryland. He also helped pioneer Christian talk radio through Telephone Time and the Grace Hour and authored nearly 500 books and booklets. See also the Carl H Stevens Memorial Site
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    jp says

    This is amazing how true it is that the more we go thru the more we can identify with people who are suffering. So often we just want to avoid any kind of suffering but it is the only way we will be able to be living epistles who will be able to minister grace and mercy to those who are hurting. psalm 119.67; romans 12.5-6

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