What are you going through today? Do you want to be restored, becoming strong, firm, and steadfast? Leaning in on God through the suffering? Trusting God enough to be restored in faith rather than allowing the enemy’s lies to cause fear, worry, and doubt? Choose to consider it pure joy and persevere for when perseverance finishes its work you will be complete and lacking nothing! That’s right you will be restored!
Restored by trusting in the 3 things that will last: Faith, Hope, Love
‘And now there remain: faith [abiding trust in God and His promises], hope [confident expectation of eternal salvation], love [unselfish love for others growing out of God’s love for me], these three [the choicest graces]; but the greatest of these is love.’1 Corinthians 13:13
Firstly, choose to live by faith. Consider the shape your soul is in today. Remember that nothing significant happens to you till it happens inside of you.
Secondly, live with hope. Remember that your past doesn’t define your future but rather God does! If we let go of the discouragement and replace it with dreaming, the world might be a better place.
Finally, the greatest of the three is love, and should cause us to unleash compassion. Consider the Acts 2 church for a moment and how we can apply that to our lives:
‘And all those who had believed [in Jesus as Savior] were together and had all things in common [considering their possessions to belong to the group as a whole]. And they began selling their property and possessions and were sharing the proceeds with all [the other believers], as anyone had need. Day after day they met in the temple [area] continuing with one mind, and breaking bread in various private homes. They were eating their meals together with joy and generous hearts, praising God continually, and having favor with all the people. And the Lord kept adding to their number daily those who were being saved.’Acts 2:44-47
Firstly, we need to unleash compassion and do good deeds for others as we saw the early church do and be the church of today following the same practices. Secondly, we need to unleash compassion so that through our good deeds others will have a softened heart and a sense of goodwill will take place. Finally, like the original church, the goodwill will open the door for people to hear and receive the Good News of Jesus and we will see the church today adding to our numbers daily of those who are being saved!
Suffering through what Jesus warned us about “in this world, you will have troubles” and leaning in on Him and trusting Him by “taking heart because Jesus has overcome the world“? Or suffering through the trials and being able to “consider it pure joy” by the grace of God because you know and trust that “testing of your faith will build perseverance” and “when perseverance has completed its work you will be complete and lacking nothing“?
Don’t lose hope but rather let go of discouragement, replace it with dreaming, and see how it might make the world a better place! Lean into God trusting in Jesus who calls us into His eternal glory so that we can unite with Him in eternity complete, confirmed, and strengthened, so that we can be established as who we ought to be!
How can we be restored? What can we do to put today’s verse of the day into practice?
Applying 1 Peter 5:10 towards being restored as dads:
- Humble yourself: “Recognize that you need God’s restoration and grace in your life.”
- Trust in God: “Believe that He is able and willing to restore you.”
- Confess your sins: “Admit your mistakes and ask for forgiveness from God and anyone else you may have hurt.”
- Repent: “Turn away from your sins and make a conscious effort to live a righteous life.”
- Seek Godly counsel: “Surround yourself with trusted advisors who can offer wisdom and support.”
- Pray: “Ask God for strength and guidance throughout the restoration process.”
- Read the Bible: “Seek wisdom and encouragement from God’s Word.”
- Practice forgiveness: “Forgive those who have wronged you, as well as yourself.”
- Serve others: “Look for opportunities to help and serve those around you.”
- Trust the process: “Recognize that restoration takes time and effort, but with God’s help, it is possible to be restored.”