Have you ever had to help a toddler learn a basic task, like putting on
shoes or using a fork? While the process can be cute, it can also be long
and frustrating. But no matter how challenging the journey might get, when
we love little ones, we know that the time spent helping them learn and
grow is worth iteven if the process takes
lots of twists and turns.
In the Bible, Christians are often called children of God. Even as adults,
we are God’s kids, and our spiritual growth and learning can be just as
twisting and turning as the average toddler’s quest to grow up.
As Christians, we can rest in the truth that Jesus knows we have a lot to
learn. He loves us, and He won’t give up on us. We can trust Him to be
patient with us and give us strength as we learn to love others the way He
has loved us (1 John 4:19).
Simply put, God is always patient and loving with His children. We can know
this is true because He demonstrated His love for us by dying to save us
(John 3:16-17). What a promise to rest in: that we are secure in the work
of our Savior, Jesus, who died on the cross and rose from the grave. He’s
never going to give up on us. He WILL complete the work He started in us
(Philippians 1:6). So even as we learn and grow, we can look forward to the
day when Jesus will return and we will reach full maturity. And in the
meantime, our patient God will keep helping us through all the twists and
turns. A. W. Smith
Do you sometimes get impatient with your own spiritual growth, getting
frustrated when you find it difficult to show love to people or resist
doing things that you know are wrong? Consider taking a moment to talk with
Jesus about these struggles (Hebrews 4:14-16).
Until Jesus returns, we all continue to struggle with sin. How could the
truths from today’s Bible passages encourage us when we’re struggling? What
are some practical ways we could remind each other of God’s love,
forgiveness, and patience?
And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will
continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus
returns. Philippians 1:6 (NLT)
Ephesians 5:1-Ephesians 5:2; 2Thess:3:3-2Thess:3:5; Philippians 1:6; 1 John 3:1; 1 John 4:19