You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.
Most people have no idea how much you struggle. It is easy to put on a smile and act like everything is okay. But sometimes people problems wear us down. Strong people are not those who show their strength in front of others but those who win battles no one knows anything about.
I’m guessing some of your people problems are because someone you love has hurt you. Why? Whether they realize it or not, they know you are strong enough to love them through their problems. I have witnessed children who have been hurt in life lash out at very loving parents because they had nowhere else safe enough to honestly express their pain. Being strong hurts.
Being strong means weaker people need you. Someone needs to be the stronger, better person in a people problem. The Apostle Paul encourages, “We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.” (Romans 15:1).
This Sunday, September 29, I will continue my Fall sermon series, People Problems. We are discovering some principles to help our fractured relationships from the example of the Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 10-13.
This Sunday I will talk about how “Strength” helps our relationships from 2 Corinthians 11. Paul considered himself a ‘spiritual father’ to the Corinthians and gave them three evidences of his fatherly love for them. He was jealous over the church. He was generous to the church. He was concerned for the church. He was strong for the church.
As you think of your people problems, I want to encourage you to be strong like a dad. When I think of my dad I think of someone who was strong. As a child, I thought my dad could do anything. I remember watching him lift weights in the garage and thinking he was the strongest man in the world. But rather than his physical strength, it was truly his love for me that was strong. Love is the strongest thing in the world.
Join me this Sunday @ 10:30 a.m.