More and more I realize that few people of gentle, peaceful, and strong character have become strong because life spared them difficulties. Often they are the “survivors” of destructive forces. Their strength lies not in what they have been spared or avoided, but what they have faced and overcome.
They do not lament or murmur about their suffering, but pay tribute to God who gave strength and brought good out of difficult situations.
“I have …learned that the most mature believer is the one who is bent over, leaning most heavily on the Lord, and admitting his total inability to do anything without Christ. The greatest Christian is not the one who has achieved the most but rather the one who has received the most. God’s grace, love, and mercy flow through him abundantly because he walks in total dependence.” Jim Cymbala, pastor of The Brooklyn Tabernacle
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