Love Endures All Things
2 Corinthians 6:4-6 says, “But in all things we comment ourselves as ministers of God; in much patience, in tribulations, in needs, in distresses, in stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labors, in sleeplessness, in fastings; by purity, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Spirit, by sincere love.” What did you learn this week about enduring the distractions of this life and what it means to seek Him in the midst of it?
Christine Q. —
This week I have learned that there are so many distractions in this life that call for our attention including myself. I need to continually purpose to listen for God’s voice. If we actually take our time to slow down and take away all the things that hinder our full attention from God, He is faithful to reveal Himself and speak to us. I was also reminded this week that everything that I do is an act of worship to God no matter how big or small the task is.
CJ H. —
Enduring any kind distraction is diﬃcult, and I personally make it harder on myself when I choose to intentionally ﬁght it on my own strength. The truth is man can’t win a spiritual ﬁght, but God’s words can. When it comes to seeking God in the midst of it all. Prayer is vital, because it draws me closer to Jesus, and his power alone allows me to come to a place of sincere humility and overcome these distractions. All I’m required to do is seek Him in the words He has spoken and obey Him with the request He has given.
Devin M. —
When you endure the distractions of life it means that you are willing to lay aside everything in order to have a better relationship with God. I know in my life I find myself making video games an idol and when it comes to the point of putting games over the Word I have to stop. I have to ask myself, “Lord am I willing to lay this down for a season to pursue You and make you the top of my life again?” Therefore in the midst of all the confusion and chaos I will choose to press on despite the pain of not having a certain comfort in order to make Him #1 in my life again (Hebrews 12:1-2).
Diamond S. —
This week I learned that the best way to fight the distractions of the world is to delight myself in the Word of God and give myself in prayer. To fight distractions and abide in Him takes an everyday effort. I must make the choice to fight for time and relationship with Jesus every day and it’s going to be sacrificial. In my everyday life, it might look like waking up earlier or sleeping later to make sure I have time to seek Him and abide. Like in any meaningful relationship, it will cost, but the reward is worth it. I get to know the God who created the heavens and the earth and loves me and died to give me a living hope beyond the grave. What’s better than that?
Erick C. —
To really hear my Father speak clearly, I must intentionally choose to seek Him out. For me, that means laying aside every and sin and weight that keeps me from Him. I must die to myself, my comfort, and my wants. I must crucify my flesh willingly for the sake of Christ. I’ve counted the cost and nothing could compare to the eternal gift I’ll reap.
Gaby E. —
In slowing down this week and having some distractions limited I realized how hard it to endure is in normal life. This week I found myself having “be still moments” with Jesus literally with every step I took. I’m so used to so much noise I appreciated the silence and solitude with Him, allowing Him to speak and for me to listen. I have to fight for relationship with Jesus and what that looks like for me. To put Him first, continually seek Him throughout the day and meditate in His word.
Jacqueline S. —
To endure the distractions of life means I have to purposefully choose to remove or ignore those distractions. It takes endurance because I still battle with the flesh, and it is not easy making decisions that go against what my flesh cries out for. It takes mental endurance to choose what to listen to and what to not listen to. Distractions are easier, but to engage my mind spiritually takes a lot more work and a lot more fighting because we have an enemy who seeks to kill and destroy. I can either choose the easy way out or I can choose to fight and seek Jesus by coming to Him in prayer and in His Word. In the midst of distractions I have to make time for Him and make time for reading my Bible despite my feelings.
Michaela Y. —
As I was given the opportunity to put off distractions and seek the Lord, one thing He kept asking me was “do you want to know me.” Jesus showed me that He is always speaking and that He has given me His word to go to at any time. But I have to choose to put aside distractions, and wait on Him. And as I chose to wait upon the Lord, I got to know Him more personally to be my Rock, and strength.
Tyler D. —
I learned a lot this week about slowing down and hearing from the Lord. The Lord has so much He wants to say to me everyday in His Word, but often times I rush and miss out. I have learned to endure the distractions of life, and to slow down certain parts of my life to spend time with the Lord, because how important is it that I hear from Him?