She was talking about how in Heaven we will finally be like
Jesus. That even with our own unique personalities and characteristics we will
reflect the character of Christ.
And she said, “that character starts to get developed here
on earth every time we:
Obey Him in the midst of suffering
Trust Him with unanswered prayer
Love Him without seeing Him
Believe in Him even though all evidence seems contrary to
Focus on Him in the darkness of depression and
And hope in Him to bring us through.
When we choose to be patient instead of frustrated
To love instead of hate
To hold our tongues instead of lash out
To gently instruct instead of harshly correct
To be gracious instead of rude
Kind instead of mean
Unselfish instead of selfish
Tell the truth instead of the easier lie.
And when we:
Submit to the pain
Accept the pressure
Bear the burden
Deny ourselves daily and take up the cross of His will for
When we follow Him not the crowd
And choose to live by His Word, not others’ opinions.
All of this forms Christ’s character in us and that’s how
God uses everything for the ultimate good. None of our trials or sufferings are
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