Tú no fuiste diseñado para pasar por los momentos difíciles a solas.
"To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example to follow in their footsteps , " 1 Peter 2:21 (NIV).
Each person who reads this will face a tragedy at some point in life. You will have a loss - a loss-in your life. No one can escape the tragedy.
Jesus, the Son of God, sure did not.
Jesus not only gave us a model of his life. He gave us a model to manage pain in his death. He showed us what to do during the worst day of your life. The Bible says in 1 Peter 2:21, "To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example to follow in their footsteps."
Five days before Easter 2013, my youngest son committed suicide. It was the worst day of my life. I often wonder how I could cope with in recent years.
I look at the example of Jesus. The answer is Easter.
What did Jesus did during the worst and most painful day of his life here on earth?
- He looked for his friends. On the night that Jesus was arrested, tortured and executed, the last thing he did was meet with his friends. Jesus did not ask speeches or advice. He just asked his company.
Most of the time we do not, when we are suffering, moves away from everything and everyone. It's silly to do that! God never wants us to suffer in solitude. Therefore it is very important to be part of a study group or cell, or a community of believers.
- He approached God through prayer, you need friends in difficult times, but you need much more to God. God be at your side when no one else is.
Jesus came to God in the garden of Gethsemane and, in so doing, gave us a tremendous example of prayer during difficult times. First of all, reaffirms the power of God (pray something like "Lord, you can do all"). Second, express your desire ( "I do not want this pain"). Third, submit to His will ( "Lord, do not do what I want; do your will").
You were not designed to go through tough times alone. When you get those moments llegarán- search-and your friends and seek God.
You'll be glad you did.
Reflect on this:
- Do you find it harder to seek God or your friends? Why?
- Why do you think it is important to affirm the power of God in difficult times?
- How can you be more prepared for others when hard times come?
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