What do you think when you hear the term adversity?
It’s something (in my opinion) that we naturally try to avoid. I wrote about it a little the other day, but I wrote out this whole quotation in order to make it clearer.
Sometimes we need hard times to grow.
“The purpose of adversity is often illustrated by a caterpillar struggling to break out of its cocoon into a beautiful butterfly. Watching such a struggle, we might want to help the butterfly by snipping open the cocoon. But the struggle to emerge is necessary for developing the muscle system and pushing the body fluids into the wings to expand them. And it is the trials of various kinds that produce the fruit of Christlike character. So much of the time, however, we pray that God will snip open the cocoon of our adversity, but God will not do it because He loves us and aims for the result the adversity will produce.”
-Jerry Bridges, “The Transforming Power of the Gospel”
It’s true; you know how I know this is truth? This is truth because it is backed by scripture: James 1:2-4 states, “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”
Don’t allow bitterness to creep in and destroy you, despite your hardships or how others behave: “ Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled”
What do you think?
How are you allowing adversity to grow your faith? Or are hard times making you bitter?