Friday

Struggle Well

Teaching Christians to struggle well
“The way to maturity is often difficult and ugly, forcing us to embrace our poverty before God. In helping others grow we must teach them to struggle well, not avoid the fight while building a shining exterior. Sometimes the struggle is exactly what they need. By trying to make things easy for people, we may actually cripple them.”
Jeff Jernigan*

As a new Believer, I knew I had some real sin problems: pride, impatience, anger and self-pity. I couldn't identify with the people at my Bible study whose only prayer requests were that they'd spend more time in prayer or Bible study.

Then I found a group where women shared honestly and taught me to “struggle well.”

Whether helping others or working through our own problems, we need to get past wearing masks when we're with other Christians so we can encourage each other to "struggle well."

“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed” (James 5:16).

*Discipleship Journal, No.67, "Not According to Plan"
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6 comments:

  1. Great message Gail. We can all learn from this.
    Marta

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  2. AMEN!!! One of the most freeing things was when I learned that everyone else in my church wasn't perfect. They were real, fallen human beings, just like me. We are all in need of grace. Authenticity is so important. It's not good for you or others around you to put up a facade.

    Thank you for sharing this! I am blessed by you everyday!

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  3. Hi Gail; visiting from Rich Faith Rising...

    You nailed this one! Honesty and authenticity is so important, and the right way to interact with others is to be aware of one another; aware and considerate of their flaws and mistakes. Because even when people make mistakes, we can still see the best in them, love them, and care for them. It is not in our Christian "job description" to pass judgment on others, that's God's territory!

    Blessings and love,
    Denise

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  4. Agreed! Have you read "Grace for the good girl" by Emily P freeman? It's an entire book about this very issue, and it is wonderful.

    Thank you for the post today!

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