Why is this happening to me?
Philippians 2: 14-15
14 Do all things without grumbling or disputing, 15 that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,
7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted,
yet he opened not his mouth;
like a lamb that is led to the slaughter,
and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent,
so he opened not his mouth.
In a way Philippians 2:14-15 is calling us to be like Christ.
Jesus, in his oppression and affliction, was without grumbling and disputing. Maybe you are experiencing difficulty in your life and it makes you want to grumble at others and dispute with God, “Why me, Why is this happening to me? Do you care, God? ” Yet for those who follow Jesus we are commended to “Do all things without grumbling or disputing…”
If you are feeling like you are far from being able to live in this way on your own you would be right! This is not bad news, this is good news because God gives us the way to live this out!
2 Peter 1: 3-7
3 His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 4 Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.
5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love.
From 2 Peter 1:3-7 takeaways:
Believe: Learning about the knowledge of Him leads to receiving His promises enabling you to live the life He commends us to.
Question: Do you know and believe the knowledge of Him?
Act: Make every effort to add to your faith
Question: Are you making every effort to add to your faith?
Try living out 2 Peter 1:3-7 and watch as you see your life be a participation of His divine nature ( which includes, “Doing all things without grumbling or disputing…”
written by a recent UNH graduate
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