Father, we thank you for your rain of anointing, your presence in our life. Thank You, Father, that we, your children are fed with pure spiritual milk, helping us to grow stronger in faith and imitating your Son, Jesus. We are sorry for the times where we have fallen when we have drifted away, we come back to You. You are a loving God and only Your love can give us that satisfaction. Teach us, O Lord, as we want to listen to You, amen.
Finally, my brothers and sisters, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you is not troublesome to me, and for you it is a safeguard.
There are times when things have happened good in our life, there is an uncontrollable joy. We are filled with exultation, but there are times when situations come into our life that are out of our control. For example, a flight of mine got delayed and I reached late for a service but that was out of my control. There are things that are extremely painful, that is filled with suffering. There will be times when we think God has left us, we have been walking on the right path but the negative keeps coming.
Saint Paul says that once upon a time he was a persecutor, he had the passion for God but the wrong understanding. After killing so many Christians, on the way to Damascus, he saw the light and heard Gods voice. The conversion came because of a seed and that was planted by Stephen, who was put to death by stoning. Saul watched this happening and saw that this man should be cursing, and in pain but Stephen looked like a saint. Stephen endured the suffering and asked God to forgive those who stoned him.
Here Paul sees the power that is in Stephen that gives him joy in his suffering. On his way to Damascus, he encounters Jesus where Jesus asks Saul, “Why do you persecute me?” St. Paul would work the Kingdom tirelessly but he got stoned, whipped and persecuted. St. Paul says he has learnt to be content in all things, he has learnt to have joy even when his situations try to steal it, His mind is fixed on the Lord.