“A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” Proverbs 17:22
JESUS IS OUR MODEL
Life has its ups and downs and sometimes we can forget what a truly awesome gift it is from God. In our lives, we experience happiness and sorrows and even though we may thank God constantly for the many blessings that he showers on us, in times of worry, we can think that God is not there for us. Being Christians we are called to live a life like Christ and we should remember the example of Jesus. He was a man who went through the same experiences that we do but he was always positive and trusted in Almighty God, his Father. Have you ever heard that Jesus was cruel or harsh? No, not at all. In fact, whenever there was rejection or humiliation, Jesus took it all with a smile and radiated peace and joy. We have to believe and stay strong in our faith, and only then can we be like him. Jesus was strong in the face of difficulties because he was so immersed in the heavenly love of His Father that he trusted him completely.
BECOME MORE LIKE JESUS
We each have the opportunity to become more like Jesus by strengthening and developing our relationship with God to a higher level striving for holiness and evangelizing. At times we may have to face suffering, but instead of being discouraged, we can be strong and offer everything to the Lord. It is then that we will see wonders and miracles in our lives. “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13) Being positive is not always easy, but when we learn to think positively, we are are more in harmony with God and are better able to experience his love. It also helps to replace the worry and turbulence in our lives with a sweet melody of peace. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” (Philippians 4:6) It is easy to say be positive but the hard part is to put it into practice. Sometimes, we may not realise it, but we might help someone out with something as simple as a smile, which Jesus can use perhaps to boost their confidence or just brighten up their lives and help them to draw closer to him. Jesus performed many miracles and if we stay strong and trust in him then miracles will happen in our lives as well.
WE ARE HELD IN GOD’S LOVE
We know that life on this Earth is short, so why do we worry about small things? Our God has a huge heart to hold us in his love and that love can overcome all the so called ‘problems in life’. So be positive and stay strong about all the difficulties that we may be facing right now. Jesus is our brother but he is also our best friend, so just share everything with him and he will give the perfect solution to every problem.
Written by Ashmy Jacob