It is crazy sometimes I swear! You think your life is going into one direction and then BAM! A door opens you didn’t even know existed. Especially when things look well…..bleak, we have a tendency to get angry and fall further into sin. Our trails are meant to define us not destroy us. As Catholics (and I would like to believe most Christians), we know that our intentions and actions are what truly define us as Christians. Our choices and reactions also are ways to define us as Christians. I know that I struggle with leading by example. I also struggle with being aware that my choices are being observed by other young women and that I need to be aware of that it is my duty as a Christian/Catholic to lead by example.
Jesus said ” I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one” (NIV). One of things you will noticed is that anytime you begin to study words that were actually spoken by Jesus, we find that his quotes are multilayered. Just as he was.
“I have given them the glory that you gave me”
-When we are conscious of our actions as Christians and we choose to walk right in Christ, we glorify God in even the smallest actions.
– The Glory we then bestow on God is unselfishly used by him to help others. Remember when we glorify God in our actions we are leading by example. When you are an example, even if it is never spoken, you don’t know how you have helped your sibling in Christ.
“So that they be one as we are one”
-So basically Jesus is saying that when we are one with him and our actions and choices reflect that, then we are offering the opportunity every day to bring another person to be one with Christ as we are”
-Witnessing by actions can be more effective than words.
St. Paul said in his letter to the Romans “So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God” (NIV)
-Confessing Sins (however you choose to do that) is you holding yourself accountable to God.
-Admitting you are not perfect allows you to show that even in your failures you still bring Glory to God.
Our trails sometimes prevent us from being good Christians. Mainly because when we do not stop, pray, and listen to God before evaluating the situation. We jump to worldly conclusions before making a choice. Remember our enemy understands that as humans we have always been our worst enemy. He knows that and prays on that. St. Paul also says
“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood but against the rulers, against authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in heavenly realms.” Ephesians 6:12
-When we chose to give our lives to Christ we made a choice to give up worldly desires.
-We must always remember that while not all worldly judgement is bad, it should not be our foundation for decision making.
-God is what protects you from Spiritual Forces, and we do have ways to guard ourselves, from these forces.
“Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him”
-First I like to say that perspective change is everything. We all go through trials. It is our job as Christians to handle them properly by the guidance we have received in the Bible.
-Also, God wants us to persevere and be stronger.
-Sometimes the best thing to do for healing after a time of struggle is to help another.
-Remember that if you stick by God and persevere you are an example, being able to roll with the punches and not let it shake our faith is a sign of a strong relationship in Christ.
However, you are not a bad person if your faith is shaken ask God to help you and show you the light, he will guide you.
I often have to check myself, I tend to ask myself these questions in these times:
-What can I learn from this
-How should I ask God to guide me in this situation
-Why I should lean on God in this moment
-Who can I help and Who can I reach out to for help.
God does guide us and our actions and choices, help us strengthen our relationship but it helps others in so many ways. I hope that this short study helped you as it did me. I would love comments and feedback 🙂