Life is not without its struggles.
I try to be transparent because I know everyone is fighting some sort of battle. If I am transparent, it sometimes encourages others to be equally so.
So many times we all try to put on a “happy” face…to put a “smile” over the pain we are experiencing. Sadly, that is what seems to be expected of us. As believers, G-d forbid that we should show a side of us that is not overwhelmed with the joy and goodness of the L-rd…all the time! Or at least that is what we often hear. G-d has a wonderful plan for you life. Well, yes, He does. But that plan includes a lot of pain before you get to the ultimate wonderfulness. It isn’t the same for everyone, but it is there. No one escapes the pain of this life. I think that is because, if we did, we would fall too much in love with this life and this life is just a mere shadow of what is to come.
We are told that believers WILL have trials and tribulations. Yes, we are to be joyful that we are privileged to suffer in His name. However, that does not mean pretending nothing is happening! It does not mean that we will be always smiling. It means that, in the midst of our pain, we have a deeper joy inside. Joy does not equal happiness. Our circumstances can steal our happiness away, but not our joy. Happiness depends upon what is “happening”. Joy, on the other hand, is something deep inside that comes with salvation that we must not ever allow to be stolen.
We are to encourage one another. How can we do that if we don’t even know someone needs encouragement? Of course, we could just assume we all do and reach out, which we definitely should do. But seriously, most of us keep to ourselves when it comes to the struggles we all have.
On the flip side, is it not our duty to one another to be probing? To be seeking to find out what is really going on? Not so we can gossip, which is a deadly, horrific occurrence, but so we can be supportive. (More on gossip in another post.) Is it not our duty to get to know one another so that we can know if someone is hiding in pain? I think it is.
There are those who believe that believers should ask for nothing and expect nothing. It all goes to the unsaved. It is an interesting theory. Scripture tells us not to just “bless” a person in need, but to help that person. So, we start to help that person and also tell them about Yeshua. That person gets saved and now no longer qualifies for help. That makes no sense to me. Isn’t there a verse that talks about how people will know we are Christians by our love for ONE ANOTHER? Both judgment and charity start with the house of G-d… house which we are.
I encourage you to look around. Find people in need. Believe me, they are there, right in your own assembly. Also look for people outside the assembly and body of Messiah who are in need. Minister to BOTH! Share the Gospel, but more importantly, LIVE the Gospel. SHOW the Gospel by how you live and by how you love.
G-d loves us. Can we so any less to our fellow human beings?