Diligently Seeking God
In assessing the quality of our character, all anyone ever needs to know is the answer to this question: how deep is our love for our Creator? When that question has been answered accurately, the very root of our personal being will have been discovered.
Why not improve our exemplariness? Why not give our fellow human beings the benefit of an example that can be honorably followed? Whether they ever say so or not, others will appreciate it. Maybe not now, but eventually they’ll appreciate it.
If it is honorable to suffer for a cause, it is even more so to suffer for a person. And when the person is none other than our Savior, no suffering is too great to be anything less than a privilege. We can be thankful anytime we’re counted worthy of such an honor.
The hardness of our sojourn encourages us to repent of our sins. For most of us, repentance is not a one-time occurrence; it is a process. By a sequence of events, God is teaching us repentance, and the process can’t be rushed.