We need to imitate Jesus with the carrying of the Cross. Our path will certainly not be as drastic as His: abandoned by all, apparent silence or absence from God, whipped, mocked, nailed to the cross, and unjustly executed. But we will have days in which pain and discouragement will accumulate.
We cannot become discouraged during the pain, the injustice, the solitude, incomprehension, trials and the apparent triumph of evil against good, from lies against the truth, from death against life. Christ triumphed once and forever and those of us that trust in Him will continue to follow His path and participate in His victory forever. We need to center our lives, our trust and our actions in Him. He will not deceive us. We WILL live in truth and love with Him.
Thank you very much for that reply to married21; I needed it also. Will print it and tape up for frequent reference. Some of us have almost given in to despair at times.
Well, that was quite a reality check. Thanks.
All right, then.
I’ll shoulder my Cross and keep walking toward His victory. (And stop the whining) :)
BTW, are you a pastor?
Well said. Now to do so.