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Life, a mirror

For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I shall know fully just as I also have been fully known. (I Corinthians 13:12)

The Same Sufferings

Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world. (1 Peter 5:8-9)
This verse shows us that Satan is quite particularly interested in those who share the sufferings of Christ with all their brothers in the world. What are these sufferings and who are these brothers?

God is silently planning for you in love

Right through the history of the nation of Israel, God sought to impress upon them the enduring nature of his love. He loved them with an everlasting love (Jer. 31:3; Deut. 4:37). He told them that the response that he sought was their love in return (Deut. 6:5). But they were just like us. They constantly doubted his love. Yet God kept on loving them. When they complained that he had forgotten them, he replied in those tender words of Isaiah 49:15: "Can a woman forget her sucking child that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb?

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