One of the GREATEST moments in our life is when we are at our WEAKEST because the power of God is being PERFECTED in us!!
“And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
Constructive criticism is not really for the faint at heart. Some people often become offended, angry, and resentful the moment someone disagrees with their action(s) or ill disposition. Well, I got good news for you, constructive criticism is the process of offering valid and well-reasoned opinions about the work of others. A true friend will speak the truth even when it’s hard to hear: “Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but deceitful are the kisses of an enemy” (Proverbs 27:6). Since God loves people and wants the best for them, He points out faults, shortcomings, and sins. Jesus was quite critical of the Pharisees’ hypocrisy, and He expressed His disapproval forcibly on several occasions (e.g., Matthew 23). However, Jesus’ criticisms were always truthful and, ultimately, loving. When criticism is grounded in love we fulfill the command written in Ephesians 4:15 (“speaking the truth in love”) should be our primary guide in criticism. Godly criticism is true and loving. It comes from a humble, caring heart that wishes the best for the other person. It is not bitter, condescending, insulting, or cold-hearted. Bottom line; never assume every critic is a hater. Not everyone is hating on you. Some people might just be telling you the truth and perhaps maybe you should open your heart to listen.
Are you in the middle of a challenge, hardship, or struggle but don’t know if you can stick it out or make it through? Well, if this is you, just know your not alone. We have all been in stuck between ‘a rock’ and ‘a boulder’! We have all experienced the cessation of hitting rock bottom! However, one thing that has helped me to remember to be strong during difficult circumstances is the blessing of perseverance through extreme adversity. James, 1:12 put it this way, “Anyone who meets a testing challenge head-on and manages to stick it out is mighty fortunate. For such persons loyally in love with God, the reward is life and more life.” Truth is, I believe God knows anyone can give up because it’s the easiest thing in the world to do. But He also knows that if we hold on to His unchanging hands that our reward far out weighs the challenges, hardships, and/or struggles we endure here in this wicked world filled with wicked people! I Peter 5:10 confirms, “ And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. I leave you with this question; “Do you remember the guy that gave up?” Well, neither does anyone else! Be bless on purpose and remember your greatest blessing is always in front of you…never behind you!
God will never leave us empty nor will He ever abandoned us. He always restores what we lose and He returns everything the enemy steals! And if He ask us to put something down, it’s only because He wants us to pick up something greater. Thankfully, God does have a plan for every one of us—and the reason is because He loves us, and wants us to have what is best for us. God’s hope for our future is about second chances, about choices and new beginnings.
Oftentimes, people will forget what you say, they will forget what you do, but they will never forget how you made them feel! It’s imperative that we all treasure each of our earthly relationships because time is forever fleeting and we don’t know the day nor the hour of our last breath. So please don’t take life nor people for granted! We have but one life to live and love those around us!!