Life Lessons

Saturday, March 7, 2020
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Hebrews 5:8-9 – Although [Jesus] was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him. (NIV)

Most of the lessons that we learn about life usually come through some sort of trouble or suffering. Pain and pressure, heartache and hard knocks have ways of strengthening us after we endure them. We may not have chosen that way for ourselves, but what we gain through suffering is patience, endurance, and character.

According to today's verses, Jesus also experienced this. As a human being, He was subjected to all sorts of pain, humiliation, conflict, and even shame. But in the end, He endured because He stayed on the path that God had laid out before Him. His suffering led to perfection because of His obedience; that perfection has won for us forgiveness and absolution, salvation and everlasting life.

Application: Consider your present circumstances and how some negative experiences have actually made you into a better person. Would you have learned those important lessons in any other way?

Prayer: Lord God, be with us when we go through times of trouble, suffering, and pain. Grant us the strength to endure, and teach us real lessons about life, faith, and love. In Your holy name, we pray. Amen.

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thank you.

    Good length for a devotional.

    Such a difficult but true lesson, John.

    Thank you, John. I appreciate your encouragement.

    You’re right, John. I’ve learned many lessons that way!

    Right on John. This is so very true. Thanks for the reminder.

    Good Morning John,
    You have learned a valuable lesson. Much can be said with few words.

    Thank you for another beautiful reminder of Jesus’ faithfulness and love.

    Really helpful and clear as I read this in need of just these words this morning, John! Gives me a brand-new Lenten perspective. Thank you.

    Dear John,
    Thank you for the reminder that when we are going through tough times, God is with us and there are lessons which we will learn which will helps us. May many blessings come your way.

    To John Stuart,
    Yes, life lessons of faith and tenacity to the Way of our Lord, no matter what the blame is, are the Way of our Lord.
    Pray that blamers will come to truth.
    I thank God for tenacity and pray for holding power through all. Amen.
    Thank you for the devotion.
    Keep writing,

    Greetings John,
    Thank you for this devotional. We surely learn a lot by going through some tough things in life and come through them much stronger and wiser. Sometimes we question why the Lord has us face certain situations but one thing for sure He is always there with abundant love and comfort to help us carry the load.
    Blessings for your writings.

    Thanks, John, for sharing through this devotional.
    Your application and prayer especially really ‘spoke’ to me. I began pondering how I have changed throughout this past ‘challenging year’. As I near the ‘anniversary’ of my husband’s unexpected death, I realize how shockingly my life changed that day. My faith has grown stronger as I have depended on the Lord for comfort, strength and guidance as never before. It sure hasn’t been an easy journey but I know without a doubt that the Lord knows and cares and uses family, friends and even strangers to show His love in tangible ways! My awareness of His grace has certainly been heightened!
    Thanks so much.

    Thank you, John.

    Dear John Stuart,
    Thank you for your devotional it came at the right time for me.
    Also, thanks for all you past writings, they were greatly appreciated.

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