“The Lord GOD is my help, therefore I am not disgraced.”
“What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him?”
“For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and that of the gospel will save it.”
Today’s Sabbath Scriptural Readings have great news for us who wish to follow Christ to Heaven. It also addresses the quality of carrying the cross that we have been assessed and given. Some of us like to complain or make things worse when we suffer, which is not usually a good witness to the Gospel. When we face powerlessness in this life, perhaps reviewing a few possible approaches to our walk with the Lord in hopes of making our Christian journey the best it can be:
Calm Down: The appearance of powerlessness almost always creates a ripe breeding ground for anger. We can’t do anything about a certain situation, so we turn to the only things we control, our emotions. Anger is volatile and perhaps the most destructive of all the vices. Unbridled, it can destroy us.
Discover Your Real Motivations: Why do we want justice? Is it revenge? Justice is a virtue; revenge is a perversion of justice.
Consider the Source: Who lied about us? Who has besmirched our reputation? Whenever we hear praise or harsh criticism, we must first consider its source. What someone says about us is never more important than the one who said it.
Weigh Carefully the Consequences: This is where prudence rallies into our discussion. Will I bring more attention to myself and my emotional spasm?
Wait: Remember, Jesus waited three days after His brutal murder to set things straight. Waiting and watching are deep spiritual exercises that separate us from the beasts of this world. My Italian friends put it best when they say, “Let God handle the need for revenge. He is much better at it.”
“We all have a cross to carry. I have to carry my own cross. if we don’t carry our crosses, we are going to be crushed under the weight of it.” Jim Caviezel