Reflection: “It is necessary for us to undergo many hardships to enter the kingdom of God.” God does not promise us an easy life, but He does promise that “He will always be with us as our God.” We should find great strength and great comfort in knowing God is always by our side. And if we love God and love one another we can hope in the glory of the resurrection and eternal life in heaven. While our life on earth may be filled with hardships, “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and there shall be no more death or mourning, wailing or pain” when we join our Father in heaven.
Reflection for younger saints: God does not promise us that our life will be easy. Instead, it may be very difficult and hard. But, our struggles will be worth it when we join God in heaven.
Big Picture: Life contains hardships; heaven will be filled with joy
Younger saints: Does God say our life on earth will always be easy? When will we experience a life of joy? Why will heaven be so joyful? (Because we will be with God.)
Older saints: Do you sometimes get frustrated and discouraged by hardships in your life? Does it help to know that those hardships are God’s way of perfecting us so we can be worthy of heaven? How can you more fully embrace the hardships in your life? How can you teach others to do the same?
Scripture Verse for the Week: “It is necessary for us to undergo many hardships to enter the kingdom of God.” Acts 14:22
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