Being a Christian is hard

Posted: July 23, 2019 in Uncategorized

I’ve always liked to keep it real and right now this is where I’m at.

Being a Christian is hard sometimes.

Grasping the truth about an all loving, grace giving and merciful God is hard to do. Getting my head around the way twists and turns in my life have bought me to the point where I am right now and knowing that many things I have experienced have been because of my choice or the choices of others…that’s hard.

I’ve loved and I’ve lost, I’ve learned and I’ve gained.

This journey gets so hard because even though God is all He is and I am all I am through Him and by Him, situations can still be really difficult to deal with and its mainly to do with keeping my peace, taming my tongue and trying to stay in this place that I fought so hard to get into.

Should it be so hard though?

I mean, when we strip everything back…right back and we look at the scriptural truths, what are the most important things we should possess?

Love, obedience and forgiveness.

This is hard to do.

Love one another as I have loved you (John 13:34-35)…Jesus you died for me!

Obedience is better than sacrifice(1 Samuel 15:22)…Lord don’t send me there.

Forgive each other (Matthew 6:14-15)…that ain’t easy sometimes. Did you see what they did Lord God?

If we take away all of the other rules and regulations for a minute and we focus on the basics, it’s tough enough when we’re fighting our own fleshy desires and we’re trying not to let rip and smack somebody for disrespecting us without taking on all the other stuff but if we focused on the basics a little bit more, would it be as hard as it is?

Is being a Christian hard or do we make it harder than it should be?

Sometimes we need to take our hands off the steering wheel or better still, get out if the driver’s seat because we were never meant to navigate in the first place. Hard to do? Yup it sure is Huh?

It’s difficult dealing with others but as my pastor once said ‘You wouldn’t be as offended about someone else’s opinion of you if you know who you really are’ and it’s so true but it’s still hard.

Fighting the emotions and fighting the battles and then realising we’re not supposed to be ruled by our emotions and we’re not supposed to fight the battles… sometimes, that can get us messed up.

It’s a journey, it’s a hard journey.

Being a Christian is so hard sometimes but the right way isn’t always easy and I’ve tried the easy way so…even though it gets difficult, I would rather be on this road than to be on the road I was on before.

Yes! It gets hard but it doesn’t mean we have to quit.

We’ve got a strong team on our side.

Many blessings

Peace and blessings

S. Redeemed

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Comments
  1. Gavin says:

    “Is being a Christian hard or do we make it harder than it should be?”

    That was my exact thought when I saw the title of your post. We do try too hard, even if we only focus on those key actions of love, obey and forgive. Remember the law is beyond us. The sermon on the mount is beyond us. “Love as I love you” is beyond us. We all (and of course I include myself) need to relax, trust God, and trust ourselves. Trust our instincts because we are made in God’s image. Trust our conscience because it is the voice of the Holy Spirit. Trust our wisdom which is a gift from God. If we trust in those things with humility, then we are not leaning on our own understanding but we are leaning on God with us. And when we lean on God with us we can relax and trust what He said:

    ‘Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.’
    Matthew 11:28‭-‬30 NIVUK

    It’s all so much easier said than done. We want to do our best, we want to please the Lord, we want to try. And if we realise we’re trying too hard, we try not to try. Being a Christian can be very trying!

    I’m learning to trust more than I try. I’m learning to be more than I do. I think it’s a lifelong lesson though, and I’m just grateful any time I manage to rest in God.

    If you don’t mind I think I want to turn this comment into a post on my own blog – you’ve inspired me, not for the first time!

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