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Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. – James 1:2-3 NIV
God loves us in sickness and in health. Sometimes we don’t know why we have had to endure periods of illness, but we often end up appreciating what God does for us even more after experiencing hardships.
When we are healthy, we can praise Him. When we are healed, we can shout for joy.
Good health is precious and we can be grateful for it. When we take responsibility for our health and deliberately plan nutritious meals, exercise, and pray continually, the Lord rewards us with more energy and thankfulness. Amen.
Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. – Psalms 63:3 NIV
Jesus loved us more than life itself. We are wired for self preservation, so a love that deep is unusual.
Do we love Jesus more than life itself? Life is full of illness and trials, but also triumphs. We can be willing to give our lives over to Jesus, who sacrificed everything to save us.
I sometimes wonder if we will remember all of the hardships we suffered during this lifetime after we get to heaven. There will be no tears, illness, or even physicians in heaven. It is hard to imagine a life without hardships, but for God, nothing is impossible. Amen.