“Abba Father, everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”
“Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” An angel from Heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.
So Christ also did not take upon himself the glory of becoming a high pries. But God said to him,
“You are my Son; today I have become your Father.
Do not open your heart to everyone, but discuss your personal affairs with those who are wise and fear God
The Benefit of Adversity
It is good that we sometimes have troubles and crosses, for they often make us think about ourselves and help us realize that we are not part of this world and should not place our trust in any worldly thing.
It is good that we are sometimes contradicted, and that others think that we are inadequate, even though we do and mean well.
These things often help us to become humble, and keep us safe from unwarranted pride in ourselves. For it is when we are outwardly condemned by others, and no credit is given to us , that we especially seek God for our inward witness.
We should, therefore, rest ourselves so fully in God that we do not need to seek many comforts from other people.
When good people are afflicted, tempted, or troubled with evil thoughts, then they understand better the great need of God, realizing that without Him they can do nothing that is good.
Then, also, they sorrow, mourn, and pray because of the miseries they suffer.
Often they weary of living longer and wish that death would come so that they might depart and be with Christ.
It is then that they understand that perfect security and complete peace cannot be had in this world.