The saints' happy state is a state of grace. Into this grace we are brought." Matthew Henry. That means it is not innate or inherent or inherited. We have been brought to this place of grace. It's not anything that we have done to deserve. It has been freely given to us. "And those who have hope for the glory of God hereafter, have enough to rejoice in now. Tribulation worketh patience, not in and of itself, but the powerful grace of God working in and with the tribulation." So whatever we face in struggle, there is a Powerful Grace working in and with that hard place where we stand.
Just watched a story on the "I Am Second" website about Ethan: http://www.iamsecond.com/ethan/ This 13-year-old is not ashamed of his suffering and neither am I.
I want to remember these Words as long as I live.
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PHOTO: Contemplating the Powerful Grace of God that is working in me and you as we walk this path of suffering. :