Solace in Christ

There is no single human who can truly understand what we feel than Jesus Christ of Nazareth. No Christian can dodge the question of evil and suffering. Why is there evil and suffering? Philip Yancey reminds us that we should not confuse God (who is good) with life (which is hard).
I find several passages in the Scripture to ponder over, as we continue in this journey of life, that is punctuated with good and evil. Just remember,
You are loved. “I have loved you with an everlasting love” Jeremiah 31:3
You are not defined by your failures. “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” Ephesians 2:10
This isn’t the end of your story. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28
Keep an attitude of gratitude. “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
God’s plans for your life are even better than your plans. “For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord; plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
God will never leave your side. “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6
Keep going. “…And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.” Hebrews 12:1-2

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