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Through Jesus, All Things Work For Our Good

By Rev. Bill McGinnis, Director - Internet Church Of Christ - LoveAllPeople.org
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No matter what bad things happen to us in this world, if we belong to Jesus, everything works for our good.

The world is a very rough place, filled with trouble and ending in death. Do not be surprised when bad things happen to you in this world, because they surely will happen. Even if you are one of the few who seem to sail through life with no difficulties, nevertheless even you face old age and death, so in the end you are no better off than anyone else.

For His own reasons, God has mixed evil with good, pain with pleasure, sadness with joy in this world. Do not try to fight Him in this regard, but instead accept His will and embrace it for yourself. Willingly accept whatever difficulties or pain He may bring to you. Do not pretend He is not in total control, because He is in total control, always. Nothing happens or exists without His permission. Do not imagine that God is in some kind of struggle with Satan. We are in a struggle with Satan, but God is not! God is absolute sovereign over all, doing things His own way, whether we like it or not.

Satan is a creation of God, and Satan exists only because God permits him to exist. God creates evil as well as good, for His own reasons.

              "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth."
               (Genesis 1:1 RSV)
              "all things were made through him, and without him was not
               anything made that was made." (John 1:3 RSV)
              "The LORD has made everything for its purpose, even the
               wicked for the day of trouble." (Proverbs 16:4 RSV)
       
Do not fight this idea, but accept is as the raw fact it is. Then love God anyway. The is the secret of submission to the will of God. Do not make your love for Him conditional on His behavior. Love Him regardless. Embrace Him unconditionally. He is God, and everything belongs to Him, to do whatever He pleases to do.

Now here is the good news.

If we love God totally and completely, He will make all things work together for our good.

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      "We know that in everything God works for good with those who love
       him, who are called according to his purpose." (Romans 8:28 RSV)
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And who are the people who are "called according to His purpose?" We are! The Christians!
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      "including yourselves who are called to belong
       to Jesus Christ;" (Romans 1:6 RSV)
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So when bad things come our way, what are we supposed to do? Love God, and keep on going!
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      "give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in
       Christ Jesus for you." (1 Thessalonians 5:18 RSV)
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The only thing that really matters is God. And the way to God is through His Son, Jesus Christ.
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       Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no
       one comes to the Father, but by me." (John 14:6 RSV)
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Our ultimate reward is assured.
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      "he will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be
       no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain any
       more, for the former things have passed away." (Revelation 4:21
       RSV)
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