We all have a story. Unfortunately, for many it involves a chain of pain. Hurts that began seemingly small snowballed into anguish that seems to have no end, and perhaps eventually led to destructive habits.
But in order to counteract the undesired evils of this world, God has planted in each of us a “measure of faith” (Romans 12:3). It is His will that we turn our battered hearts and gaze upon the One who is altogether lovely, pleading for hope, for victory, for peace. But it takes effort and perseverance and growth.
The apostle Peter speaks of a chain of growth in his second epistle. It is grounded in that seed of faith, then adds on goodness, followed by a knowledge of God. This leads to increased ability for self-control and encourages perseverance, which develops godliness. To godliness comes the characteristic of mutual affection, and finally culminates in love – love for God, for others, and for oneself (2 Peter 1:5-7, NIV). Peter then spurs us on with the words “brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall” (2 Peter 1:10, KJV).
“It is the glory of God to give His virtue to His children. He desires to see men and women reaching the highest standard; and when by faith they lay hold of the power of Christ, when they plead His unfailing promises, and claim them as their own, when with an importunity that will not be denied they seek for the power of the Holy Spirit, they will be made complete in Him.” Acts of the Apostles, p 530.
God does not want us to suffer the evils of this fallen world or of our own brokenness. But knowing that it is inevitable, He gives us hope and promises victory. We can each exchange the shackles of sin for the laurel of victory. Will you accept this gift?
Angeline B. David, DrPH, MHS, RDN
Health Ministries / ARMin Director
North American Division