By the handle? When God sends afflictions into our lives we can choose to grasp them – by the blade or the handle. When we choose to grasp our afflictions by the handle with the attitude that afflictions can be useful, they aren’t really harmful at all.
Think about it. When bad things happen to good people, it’s easy to feel the sharp side of the hurt, isn’t it? Yet, when we keep the hurt and the pain in perspective, hold it by the handle and not the blade as it were, the sting is not apparent, only the opportunity. Many early Christians were glad to suffer for the sake of Christ.
God’s Word tells us: Then he (Stephen) fell on his knees and cried out, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had said this, he fell asleep (Acts 7:60).
God knows best the path we need to take in this life and often that path may lead through a place of pain or sorrow. The blessing lies in the fact that someday it will all make sense; if only we have the patience to hold the hurt by the handle and not the blade.
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