[W]hen … difficulties come, our tendency is to pray for deliverance instead of growth. We ask the Lord, “How can I get out of this?” instead of “What can I get out of this?” When we do that, we miss the opportunities God gives us to develop spiritual maturity.
You’ll meet problem people and problem situations wherever you go, so make up your kind to expect them, accept them, and let God use them in your life. The devil wants to use problem people as weapons to tear your down, but the Spirit can use them as tools to build you up.
Many of us confess that we’re not capable of loving people the way Jesus loves them and us…. God doesn’t ask us to work up our Christian love in our own strength because He offers to create it within us when we need it: “The love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy spirit who was given to us” (Rom. 5:5); “But the fruit of the Spirit is love” (Gal. 5:22)…. When the people we serve irritate us or disappoint us, the first thing we usually do is pray for them and tell the Lord to change them. What we ought to do first is pray for ourselves and ask God to increase our love.
It’s always too soon to quit.
Remember always to keep chin up and knees down!