Pitiful or Powerful... : Words Of Encouragement
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Pitiful or Powerful...

by Bishop Chislom on 04/03/24

(Pitiful or Powerful?) - My beloved ??, In John 5:1–9, we read about a man who had been lying beside a pool for 38 years, waiting to be healed. He was not only sick physically, but he was also sick in his soul. Sicknesses of the soul can be harder to deal with than sicknesses of the body. I believe the condition of his body and soul stole his confidence and caused him to give up gradually, to the point that he was filled with self-pity. In John 5:6–7, when Jesus asked the man if he wanted to get well, he said he had no one to help him get into the pool where he could be healed. Jesus did not stand there and pity the man. Instead, He told him to get up and walk. God finally helped me understand that I could be pitiful, or I could be powerful, but I could not be both. If I wanted to be powerful, I had to give up self-pity. Like the man in John 5, Jesus did not give me pity either. His refusal to let me wallow in self-pity was a turning point in my life. If you reject self-pity, actively look to God, and do what He instructs you to do, He will set you free. John 5:8 (NIV)

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