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Praise in Pain!
Christian Devotional by Pastor Cecil Thompson

Cecil Thompson

Matthew 5:11-12

"Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you."

On a regular basis I receive messages from readers who are encountering trials and tribulations. The things they are encountering seem so overwhelming that there is no answer. I always pray for the individuals involved and the Lord usually directs my mind to the Scripture for today or James 1:2-8.

Last week one of the members of our fellowship and a dear friend shared with me several of the people she works with were jealous of her and had been treating her with contempt. She just sent me an encouraging note that has lifted my spirits. I called her and asked if I could use it in today’s E-Votional? She agreed, so here we go!

“Cecil, Here is a personal story about loving the unloved:

Last week we had a consultant come to our office to teach us a new database system. The consultant was from India and spoke very broken English. Everyone in the office treated him poorly and nobody wanted to work with him. They quickly unloaded him on me and they took off to ‘meetings’ and other obligations.

They made themselves busy all week so they didn’t have any time to spend with him. I spent the week with him. At first I admit he was hard to understand and I didn’t want to put forth the extra effort to have meaningful communication any more than anyone else did but on the other hand I couldn’t stand the way he was being treated so I tried my hardest to have good communication.

It only took about a half day and then we could easily understand each other. The more I worked with him, the more I liked him. By the end of the week, he told me he knew my co-workers treated me badly (by making me work with him). He also pointed out many other ways they treated me badly.

He had been asking our information services person to provide me a new mouse for my computer all week because mine wasn’t working properly. I never did get a new mouse. He said he couldn’t believe they expected me to do days and days of data entry with a non-functioning mouse. Here is the part that blew me away: He said the next time he comes, he will bring me a new mouse!!

We were not only able to work with each other but we became friends!!!”

When we live our life as unto the Lord, He will open doors that we never dreamed possible. In the process we will find that His ways are pleasant and rewarding. Rather than whimpering and feeling sorry for ourselves, we need to rejoice that we are worthy to face the painful situations of life.

Blessings dear hearts. Draw near to God today, trust Him completely and be a blessing!

--- Pastor Cecil


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