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Hard Times

Life is not easy. We tend to fall into patterns of good times and then tough times. It seems to be a never-ending cycle, but we all know that one day life as we know it will end. How we choose to react to the hard times could make a big difference in showing whether you are truly following God or not.

And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. (Rom. 5:3-5)

Do you glory in tribulations? Can you see the positive aspects of hard times? As Paul points out, tribulation helps us to be more patient, and it gives us experience that we would not have without the tribulation. Our future decisions are based on experiences that we have had, both good and bad. How many times do we see parents trying to impart wisdom on their children based on experiences the parents have had? Children do not always listen to the experience and must learn it for themselves. The hard times work together to make us who we are and to make sure that we are truly following God in the right ways. The experience that we gain from hard times gives us hope that helps us to not be ashamed because we have the love of God in us.

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