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The Color of Faith


“Under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors.” James 1:3 (The Message)

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I have a small, leather-bound book titled, “Daily Inspiration for our Purpose Driven Life.” Have you read The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren? I have read it several times – and I highly recommend it. This little book I have now is an extension of Warren’s original book. It is a chance to reflect on the five purposes Warren defines – to reflect and internalize. Today the reading is related to topic three: Created to Become Like Christ. The challenge is to continue to grow more Christ-like even in the midst of trouble. The question is, how do I respond when I am under pressure? James 1:3 says that’s when my “true colors” show. What are my true colors? What is the color of my faith?

When I asked my prayer partner who comes to my house each week so we can have time in Bible Study, fellowship, prayer, and reflection together, she told me she thinks my faith is green. Interesting – not red and glowing, or yellow and shining, not blue and crystal clear. No, green –  –  –  green and growing. Before she came I had asked myself that same question – and my answer was the same as hers. Green! That’s reassuring.

What color is YOUR faith? Has it been truly tested recently? Have you been thrown into the fires of trouble, temptation and pain? Did you emerge with greater spiritual muscle and moral fiber which produces greater character?

Romans 5:3-4 says “We know that these troubles produce patience. And patience produces character.” 

However, Rick Warren wrote this cautionary statement, “Problems don’t automatically produce what God intends. Many people become bitter rather than better, and never grow up. You have to respond the way Jesus would.”

What color was Jesus’ faith? Fully mature, full blown, fully bloomed, a kaleidoscope of colors! Will I ever get there?

To deal with life as Jesus did, I must keep on growing! Keep on studying His Word, praying for His discernment, learning His Will for my life. James 1:3-4 says, “Let the process go on until your endurance is fully developed, and you will find that you have become a person of mature character… with no weak spots.”

No weak spots. No brown on my green leaves. No insect holes in my petals! Wouldn’t that be grand? But, life is not a bed of perfect roses, all sweet and beautiful. Look carefully! There are insects. There are thorns. Those represent the trials, temptations, pains of life. We are promised thorns! Trouble is part of living. It’s not the suffering that defines us, though; it’s our response to the suffering, our attitude toward the pain, how we deal with the bugs! 

Isaiah 38:17 “It was for my own good that I had such hard times.”

What color is your faith?

Comments on: "The Color of Faith" (7)

  1. Good food for thought, especially today – our car is in the shop for inspection and what we had hoped was a quick fix. Not only was our quick fix, not a quick fix we need a new water pump and they found something wrong for inspection…so $1,000 later I find myself trying hard to not get stressed….a deep breath and drowning my sorrows in potato chips, I read your article…”life is not a bed of perfect roses, all sweet and beautiful. Look carefully! There are insects. There are thorns. Those represent the trials, temptations, pains of life. We are promised thorns! Trouble is part of living. It’s not the suffering that defines us, though; it’s our response to the suffering, our attitude toward the pain, how we deal with the bugs! ” Well I got a lot of thorns today ($1,000 worth) but I won’t let it define me for the thorn will be gone before I know it. My attitude has become one of thankfulness, that although finances are tight right now and this will make things tighter, we have the means to pay it. Thank you for your thoughts today and for opening my heart to the truth of Jesus – I consider myself “kissed by God” today. 😀

    • I am sorry to hear about your thousand thorns, dear “American Woman.” But, I am blessed by your response – because it makes my day to think that some of my reflections on God’s Word – passed on via WordPress – may have helped another person along this thorny life’s path. I am grateful for your attitude of thankfulness – yes, you have a car to fix, and eventually the repairs will be paid for, and you’ll be on the road again. Bless you, dear blogging friend. Thank you for your comments. Here are a few Beek hugs and kisses to add to your God kisses! xoxoxox

  2. Thank you, Jan! Your post reminded me that in many cultures the favored flower of love–a rose such as the one in your accompanying photo–often has big thorns along with their very attractive colors and scents. I believe those thorns are a gift to remind us that even the truest loves and lives have their share of heartaches, disappointments, and challenges.

    Russ

    • Yes, remembering that helps us keep from having too may pity parties, doesn’t it, Russ? If “even the truest loves and lives have their share of heartaches…” then why I should I think my life ought to be exempt!?

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