Suffering and Character
But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life.
My life has been littered with mistakes—my own mistakes and the mistakes of others. And in every one of those incidents, God came along, picked up the litter, and put it back together in a way that transformed it into a monument for faith. I can look back and say, "It was at that very point, in the midst of that adversity, that this part of my character began to grow and my relationship with God really deepened.
It's our nature to seek quick relief from pain. But Helen Keller—a woman well acquainted with adversity—said, "Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved."
Let God transform and redeem the suffering in your life?
"Deep unspeakable suffering may well be called a baptism, a regeneration, the initiation into a new state." - George Eliot (1819-1880)
Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.