Encouragement and Exhortation

I shared this today with some people who are going through a difficult trial right now.  I don’t know if they’re believers in Jesus and His Gospel, but I hoped to bring encouragement to them.

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To: Those who are suffering,

I heard the news about your health, *****, and wanted to encourage the both of you on this journey of growth. My source of encouragement when faced with very difficult times (my 2 1/2 year-old daughter died from a heart condition years ago) and my questioning why a Good God would let people suffer led me to His Word which showed me His purposes, that even our times of suffering/need are not random acts of a capricious God. They draw us closer to Him in our need. “He who began a good work in you is faithful to complete it”. (book of Philippians, Bible)

Have you ever heard the still, small voice of God press on your heart to hear Him? That’s what happened for me and I want you to know that He loves you both “with an everlasting love, therefore, has He drawn you in lovingkindness” (book of Jeremiah) to Himself in your seasons of need . Jesus said His sheep hear His voice (Gospel of John) and they follow Him, with their burdens carried by Him. Let Him carry your burdens by recognizing His outrageous love for you expressed by His sacrifice of love by dying on the cross for all our sins. Have you turned to Christ in your time of need? He is compassionate and full of love and is ready to receive all who come to Him for salvation (from our sins, rescued from attitudes of ungratefulness or selfishness, etc.).

The Gospel is not burdensome or religiously complicated: it is rest in Jesus. He died for our sins, was buried and raised to Life eternal on the 3rd day in power, according to the Scriptures and offers to us — to me, to you — the wonderful gift of eternity with Him.

People will come to worship Him with one voice, thanking Him for all He’s done for us in Heaven someday. Let’s recognize and thank Him today for what He’s done for us right now where He’s placed us. Please be encouraged; strengthened to fight the good fight of faith and I will be praying for your recovery, giving thanks to the Lord Jesus for His purposeful work in you both. May God bless you and keep you. — Kathleen

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