We can be free to respond to the Spirit’s revelation of our sin in
honesty and repentance, knowing that his mercy is sure. A good
reputation and the avoidance of struggle do not compare to the
healing of our souls that Jesus offers.
In anxiety, in discouragement, in sorrow, and in suffering we
can be free. Free to trust him, free to pray, free to remain firm,
and even free to rejoice. Not to deny the pain, and not to claim
that we necessarily understand God’s purpose in these things.
But knowing his promise to use everything for our good, and
that he alone knows all things. We can know that he uses
adversity to teach us patience, to give us a peace beyond
understanding, to strengthen our faith, and to make us able to
minister to others, and know that Jesus has suffered all of these
things, that he is fully able to sympathize with our weaknesses.
He is the God of all comfort.