Whom He Loves, He Chastens (Rejoice!)
We should never complain to God about the hard times we are experiencing but instead we should turn it into an opportunity to praise Him and thank Him.
Whom He loves He chastens. It's a refining fire. The dross is consumed and we are cleansed. So thank God for the fires and trials that He puts you through.
Do not attempt to quench the spirit.
2 Thessalonians 5:19 "Quench not the Spirit."
Indulging in the lust of the flesh and the lust of this world is a way to quench the spirit.
1 John 2:15-17
The problems of this world are as the blink of an eye in the face of eternity.
2 Thessalonians 5:24 "Faithful is He that calleth you, who also will do it."
2 Corinthians 6:10
2 Thessalonians 2:19
1 Thessalonians 5:16
1 Peter 1:6-9
There are so many things to be thankful for.
The trial of our faith is even something to give thanks for. So really there are no excuses.
Trials are promised to us as Christians but we are also promised the strength to get through them through our Lord Jesus Christ.
There are two great purposes for every trial or tribulation that we go through. One is sanctification (making us more like Christ) and the other is to glorify God. That in itself is a reason to rejoice. We are being used as a tool for Christ's glory.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10 "And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong."