Compass Point #23

Even in the midst of your greatest struggles, recognize that God is using your life experiences, good and bad, to help shape your heart. He offers encouragement when you need it, comfort when it seems impossible, and purpose through it all. Still, there are those that questions whether God can truly provide healing after their terrible struggle. They somehow feel that they are too bad, too far gone, or the pain is too much for God to do anything in and through them. But God can.

Through the most horrific life experiences, God is shaping your heart if you will let him for your own health, and for the health of others.

So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Philippians 2:1–4 (ESV)

You see, when God heals you, He wants you to then help heal others. You can provide comfort because you have been comforted. You can share compassion because you have experienced compassion. Likely, you have become more aware of the hardships of others once you have experienced hardship and you probably know what they need in the midst of it. How is God shaping you through the good and bad? What have you experienced that you can share with others?

Truth: God is shaping our hearts through life experiences.

Question: What have you learned through challenging circumstances that you can share with others in their time of need?

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