Wednesday, 16 October 2013

LTFP

“No test or temptation that comes your way is beyond the course of what others have had to face. All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; he’ll never let you be pushed past your limit; he’ll always be there to help you come through it.” 1Corinthians 10:13 The Message

So what do the letters “LTFP” stand for?  They stand for a Low Tolerance for Pain.  I have almost no tolerance for physical or emotional pain.  Fortunately for me and those around me the Lord has kept me from physical pain most of my life.  I am not a good patient.  I am a whiner and complainer.  I do cope with emotional pain somewhat better and that too is a good thing because through much of my first marriage, prior to my first wife’s death, I experienced a fair amount of emotional pain.

Sadly she suffered from bi-polar illness and schizophrenia.  There were some good times and I have two terrific grown children as a result of our union.  It was my first wife who introduced me to Christ and so I have much to thank her for.  I also believe that I am a stronger person and a better husband (for Kathleen) as a result of my first marriage. 

The Bible passage above suggests that first of all I will not be subjected to something that others have not faced.  However it is the following verses that are the most important.  God will never let me down, He will never let me be pushed past my limit, (though I think He has come close), and He will always help me come through the test, trial or temptation.

To me the linchpin of this promise is found in the eighth chapter of Romans, verse 28 which promises that all things will work out for my good, because I love God and have been called according to His purpose.

Now having said this I am more cognizant than ever that too often my acceptance of a Scripture passage is more on the intellectual level.  Unfortunately that does not always translate to the way I live my life.  For example, Scripture clearly tells me that I need not be anxious about anything.  I fully accept and understand that God is in control of my next breath let alone any circumstance in which I might find myself.  Yet, I have a tinge of anxiety about our retirement.

What I am learning is that the more I learn about God, His attributes and His character the more I am able to translate what I know intellectually into what I do behaviorally.

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