Bible Study/Devotional

His Encouragement #6

Ephesians 4:31-32 ESV

“Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with malice. Be kind to one another, tender hearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”

Be sweet. Be Kind. Be a pure representative of what Christ stands for.

How simple is that? Sometimes at the end of the week (or even the beginning lol) it can be tough to stay in a sweet hearted demeanor. We feel overworked and overwhelmed and the weekend is so close we can taste it. Our fuses are short and we don’t know how much more we can take. Sound familiar?Still, God wants us to stay kind. It’s one of the Fruits of the Spirit. (Check out my posts explaining each of the Fruits of the Spirit in depth HERE.) Where we fall short God compensates with His grace. So, when we feel like there is nothing left in us and we just can’t do it anymore, we put our faith in God that through Him alone we can find what we need to persevere and do it!

He will never give you more than you can handle.

However, we were never meant to do this alone. We were created to rely on Him and be in a relationship with Him. When we put our trust in God and fully rely on Him instead of just trying to do it all ourselves, then we receive the grace to get through every impossible situation we are presented with. Not even just “get through” them actually, but persevere and overcome them!

**Update: I just want to make it clear that you are NOT a failure if you hit a situation that you don’t have the strength to get through. The point I’m trying to make is that we are human (imperfect beings) and we can NOT do it all alone. We MUST choose to turn to God. He CAN do anything. He is the Creator of the universe and our heavenly Father. If we ask for His help and have faith, then He will make everything work out the way it needs to. So, when I say He won’t give you more than you can handle, that is what I mean. Because we have God, there’s nothing we can not do. If something doesn’t work out in your life, then God has another plan. He can see our whole lives and how it will all work out. We cannot. So, trust that He knows what He’s doing even if it doesn’t seem right to us! Love you guys!**

So, if you’re feeling down this week then just focus on Now, it’s your turn!

What Biblical verse is encouraging you today?

And, check out more Thursday Encouragement from my new fellow blogger friends:

Nicole @ Christian Fiction Girl

Trisha @ Joy of Reading

Jacquelyn @ A Heavenly Home

Jessica @ A Baker’s Perspective

Becca @ The Becca Files

If you would like to join us: please contact Trisha or Nicole

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4 thoughts on “His Encouragement #6”

  1. A lot of this so so true! Thanks for sharing!
    Sorry, but I just have to share about one thing because I was at a church service last week that talked about the phrase “God will never give you more than you can handle” and they talked about how it’s a currently misused phrase taken from scripture. It comes from 1 Cor 10:13 which says “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” The phrase “God will never give you more than you can handle” is actually in terms of temptation and not human tragedy as it’s more commonly referenced today. The reason why it’s a problem is that it implies that people should be able to handle their current situations and if they can’t- then they are failing. In truth, God will often allow hardships to draw us to him and we often have to admit we can’t do it on our own. So the phrase can actually get in the way of what God is trying to teach us and how He’s reaching out to us. Just something to think about. It really impacted me when I heard this preached on and felt it was worth sharing.

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