A Vexed Spirit

There is a conception held by many in the church today, that once one is in Christ, life will be all fluffy bunnies, and rainbows.  While such a view has some merit, in that salvation is joyous, it is not a given.

The apostle Paul struggled with life and was challenged by God to accept that “My grace is sufficient.”  This may well explain that his joy “became complete,” in his labours, not through his own efforts, but via the Lord’s gifts.  As Paul declined in self, he was lifted the more.  Just look at his life – as he went from the golden-haired boy of the Sanhedrin, to “least of the apostles,” to “chief of sinners.” Yet, in the end God was sufficient.

This of course does not easily come to light or to our conscious awareness when we are in the words of the hymn “upon life’s billows tossed.”  The Proverbs remind us: “The spirit of a man will sustain him in sickness, But who can bear a broken spirit?” (Proverbs 18:14). It is here that our brothers and sisters play the greatest role.  As the body of Christ, we must pick up the pieces of such “broken spirit(s).”  “If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together (ESV).” Let us rise to the challenge.

Also, we need to remember we are not alone here, with an absent – distant Father, for we have received a comforter in the Spirit. This body, the body of Christ, and each suffering member is protected, and by His grace (which is sufficient) lifted up.

Let us be instruments of that grace.


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