Thursday, July 14: Suffering Afflictions and Going the Extra Mile

“it is not your duty to go the second mile, or to turn the other cheek, but Jesus said that if we are His disciples, we will always do these things.  every time I insist on having my own rights, I hurt the Son of God, while in fact I can prevent Jesus from being hurt if I will take the blow myself.  that is the real meaning of filling “up in my flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ . . .” (Colossians 1:24). — My Utmost For His Highest

it is simply impossible for a day to pass without some form of distress.  in my case,  i have come to realize that stress and disappointment are endemic to the job.  something always crops up to destabilize my peace  — whether it is just for an hour or, because it is so complicated, the problem can actually drag on for days.

but what really makes the huge difference is my faith in God’s plan and me acknowledging His presence and that hidden grace beneath every affliction.  something turns out to be good for me which i can appreciate much later down the track.

with this faith so strong, i can actually look the other way, suffer in private, turn the other cheek, and love despite.

as i mentioned in the previous posts,  i have been encountering problems in my realationships — both at home and at work.  but by the grace of God, i have actually been able to “go the extra mile” and to restore them.

“Dear God, thank You for building up my faith in You — not in my abilities and strengths but only in Your power and love.  as problems, big and small, come and go,  i know that You are looking after me all the time.  and, when i have tried my very best and things still don’t turn out right, i simply surrender to Your will and assistance.  in You alone are my peace and joy. i love You, sweet Jesus.” 

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