The happiest Christians are thank-ers
about everything just as it is -- including the harrrd, and everyone just as we are -- including the irritating. Because they have sovereignty-awareness as they go through their day -- seeing SovereignShepherdJesus behind everyone and everything, all according to His genius plan.
Two kinds of unhappy Christians -- a) those who suppress their frustration/disappointment and push onward focused on their goals, and b) those who are more self-aware -- unable to live in denial of their frustration/disappointment, so they are miserable and KNOW they are miserable. Unhappy Christians only thank Jesus when things go their way. If then. They NEVER thank Him for the harrrd -- for the things their human-wisdom hates.
The unhappiest Christians have pseudo-faith -- we profess faith in Jesus, but live like atheists, feeling ALONE and in CHARGE of daily life. The Pharisees had nothing but pseudo-faith -- they imagined themselves obedient followers of God, when they actually followed their human-wisdom, and were blind to the extent of their sin/hypocrisy. Pseudo-faith has never been contagious to nearby seculars. The early Christians had real faith -- that was contagious to their neighbors, friends, relatives. The Good News spread like wildfire. Seems to me that we Christians today have pseudo-faith most of the time, not contagious-faith. We miss out on so much of the benefit of Jesus in THIS life.
-- Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, who only experiences LIFE, when freshly convicted of his pseudo-faith, and it typically doesn't last very long
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