“‘So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.'” John 13:34
“‘Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father’s home.'” John 14:1
“Thomas said, ‘We have no idea where you are going, so how can we know the way?’ Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. If you had really known me, you would know who y Father is. From now on, you do know Him and have seen Him!” ” John 14:6
“Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.” John 14:9
“Just believe that I am in the father and the Father is in me.” John 14:11
“Open my eyes to see the wonderful truth in your Word.” Psalm 119:18
“If you listen to constructive criticism, you be at home among the wise.” Proverbs 15:31-32
A mother and her child
(J.R. Miller, “The Glory of the Commonplace”)
A mother and her child sat side by side. Both love Christ and are following Him.
The teenage girl is sweet and beautiful, a picture of gracefulness. She never has known a struggle, has scarcely ever been called to make a sacrifice, has never found it hard to do right. Her face is unblemished, without a line.
The mother has had many cares, struggles, and fights with evil. She has endured wrongs, has carried burdens, has suffered, has had bitter sorrows, has been misunderstood, has poured out her life in love’s sacrifices.
One would say that the child is the more beautiful–the lovelier in her life and appearance. But as the two appear in the eyes of Christ, while both are beautiful, the mother wears the holier loveliness. She has learned in the furnace of suffering. She has grown stronger through her enduring of struggle. The lines of her face, which seem to be blemishes on her fair beauty, are the refining marks of Jesus Christ.
“I have refined you, but not as silver is refined. Rather, I have refined you in the furnace of suffering!” Isaiah 48:10