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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Our Friends in Wolf's Clothing

It would build up the faith of your small group and your descendents for them to hear the stages of your journey. Why not recount your faith story for their benefit this week? With whom will you begin?(Serendipity Bible Fourth Edition, page 267).

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. (1 Corinthians 13:13).

Stories of faith often begin with adversity. When one thinks of it, there would be little need for faith if we lived charmed lives in which everything was always hunky-dory and unrelievedly rosy. This is similar to hope. In my study of math, I would feel no need for hope if every time I picked up my pencil I immediately came up with the right answer. Hope comes into play when I often meet with failure in my initial approaches to the problem, and I therefore summon hope in order to proceed. It's pretty much the same with love. If I never felt the sting of rejection or the discouragement that accompanies being the recipient of bitter enmity, I would cherish the love I now encounter half as much. Thus, as we go through our day let us remember that the failures, false starts, and challenges presented to us can in fact be our friends highlighting for us the priceless value of faith, hope, and love.

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