Friday, July 5, 2019

Freedom:Sufferings versus Revealed Glory

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                 For I consider the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of God. Romans 8:18-21 (ESV)

The Apostle Paul encourages the believers in Rome with the hope of future glory. This encouragement reminds them and us that, even if we have trials in our lives, our present circumstances will not last.

A woman I worked with several years ago had an answer to sad or trying circumstances— “This too shall pass.” Looking back, I have learned that she was right. There always is a lesson to be learned in those trying times. It seems that even if those difficult days don’t let up while we are on earth,  better times await us in heaven.

Several years ago, a friend of mine sought justice for her daughter through the court system. My friend lost that case. When she told me the outcome, she said that the one who hurt her daughter might have gotten off here but would receive what she felt he deserved later, in the next life. I believe her attitude helped her to deal with the added hurt she experienced.

Each believer must maintain a vital relationship with Christ in order to be able to enjoy the freedom from bondage that Paul speaks of.

What are the ways you stay in touch with God and experience His freedom? 


  1. We need to be exercised by the sorrows, and to learn Christ in them.

    1. David: You make a valid point. As we go through those times of sorrow, we find ourselves drawing closer to Jesus.

  2. Freedom comes from forgiveness. It is always difficult to forgive one who has injured a loved one or yourself in any significant way, but the only way to freedom is to forgive and move on. Yes, justice needs to be done appropriately, but even when it isn't, it is our job to forgive. Let God take care of the rest.

    1. Pam: If we can't forgive someone for hurting us or a loved one, we can ask God to forgive them on our behalf. Peace and blessings to you and your family during this busy time in your life.


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