Therefore we do not lose heart.  Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.  2 Corinthians 4:16

Several years ago, my children and I ran into an old high school classmate of mine.  We visited for a few moments and went on our way.  As was customary when my kids didn’t recognize someone, they immediately asked about her once we were in the car.  They just could not believe that we were the same age.  Her life had included many bad choices, which were reflected in the deep wrinkles in her complexion and the gray in her hair.

Wrinkles, gray hair, aches, and pains are all evidence that our bodies are deteriorating.  Sometimes it can be quite depressing to think about all the changes that take place over time.  Disease and age may cause our bodies to literally waste away with each day bringing more pain and less energy, but each struggle can renew our faith and cause us to draw strength from God.

Our bodies are temporary dwellings, which suffer damage from our choices and often from circumstances completely out of our control, such as illness or tragedy.  Outwardly, these bodies reflect our time on earth as well as the physical and emotional struggles we have endured over the years, but our hearts and souls reflect the faith, wisdom, and strength gained from the trials of our life.  This inward renewal allows us to “greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials” (1 Peter 1:6).

If you suffer with the pain of emotional trials or a body that seems to be wasting away with age or illness, seek comfort in the hope of one day receiving a renewed body that will no longer experience the emotional or physical pain of this temporary body.  If we know Jesus as Savior, we will one day have perfect bodies.  No longer will we have to suffer with the aches and pains of everyday life.  These old, tired bodies will be renewed through Christ.  “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever” (Psalms 73:26).

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