February 10, 2016: Your Makeover In Christ

~by Louis Templeman


Faith makes us attractive to God. If you think faith is all light and sweetness then you may not be too familiar with faith. It is when the events of your life make a clear case that God has abandoned you and that life is not worth living that faith is most valuable, most critical. It is when life and hope have disappeared and chaos and gloom have scaled the fortress of your soul that in faith, no matter how small or feeble, you say, “God is good. His word is true. Christ is indeed my Savior. I am thankful he will walk me through this time of shadow.”

For even if you don’t stand in faith God will indeed walk you through your difficult times. God is loving and faithful and he made it so time, all by itself, often brings healing and strength. However, you will miss opportunities to shine like a candle in your darkest moment, without faith. It will save you from grumbling and bitterness. Times of struggle give us the chance to honor him who laid down his life for us. If we give up to doubt and bitterness we will fail to grow in character, life and holiness. Go through that difficult time in your little (seemingly feeble) faith and at the end of the period of trial you will more resemble your Savior. God’s image in your life will have greater clarity. It will eventually result in an extensive makeover so that Beauty will come to glow from your face and your personality. This is the fruit of faith. The fruit of the struggle. Beauty has a price.

Romans 5: 1-5: “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith . . . we boast in hope . . . . We even boast in our afflictions (because it) produces . . . proven character . . . .”

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Louis writes from Jacksonville, Florida where he lives with his old friend and wonderful bride, Joy. They transformed their friendship into the sacrament of marriage on August 30, 2012. They share their home with two self-absorbed, playful, twin cats (Flo and Jet) and one very allusive and arrogant cat named D. Louis has recently been diagnosed with Parkinson’s and is fighting the good fight. Much of what he writes these days he is sharing his journey with us. Please keep Louis and his wife Joy in your prayers.

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