While every April makes Americans think of 2 certainties in life, death and taxes, there is another that exists. No matter where you go, what you do or how long you do, there will always be the 3 P’s: people, problems and pain. People can be the reason or source of your problems and pain. Some may think if I just eliminate the bad apple or get rid of this negative influence, everything will change for the better. Unfortunately, there will always be someone else who comes along who possess similar traits. Thus, to escape problems and pain that are destined to arrive, soulmates play a vital role to survival.
Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed, 1 Peter 4:12-13.
One of Jesus’ disciples reveals a common held belief during the first century. Evidently, some individuals were surprised to see turbulent times enter their lives. This flawed mindset is exposed by Peter, making sure everyone understands what to expect month to month. Trials aren’t a strange occurrence. Rather, people, problem and pain are placed into one’s life, serving as a means to refine your faith. While not everyone will marry, Christian friends are placed on earth to help the suffering endure pain.
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us, Romans 8:18.
The apostle Paul brings up a mindset necessary to overcome the turmoil that life brings upon unexpected souls. The suffering mentioned in the passage above refers to the persecution, trials and harsh treatment from those who opposed the good news about Jesus’ life, death and resurrection. While there were days filled with pain, Paul developed a heavenly mindset, understanding that his current battle was temporary. Thus, if you find yourself in a precarious situation, submit to God by trusting in the Holy Spirit to enable you to overcome the people, problem and pain you face throughout life.
by Jay Mankus