And so to finish the above heading , ’when life gives you lemons, make lemonade!’

Most of us will be familiar with this well-known slogan. It’s about turning negatives into positives and remaining optimistic in difficult circumstances that come your way.  Perhaps easier said than done for many of us, but what a wonderful skill to hone in our lives.

Wouldn’t it be life changing if more of us as Christians made lemonade from our lives? Making positives out of negative situations. What if we handed the bitter lemons in our lives over to God? Bitter lemons of adversity, trial, hurts, or opposition. Lemonade needs lemons, but it also needs the sweetness of sugar.

What could that look like biblically?

1 - Turning the other cheek when we are hurt or offended –

‘You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also’(Matthew 5v38-39)

2 - Asking God to turn our mourning into dancing –

You turned my wailing into dancing;  you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing to you and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give you thanks forever’(Psalm 30v10-11)

3 - Forgiving daily –

‘Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you’. (Colossians 3v13)

4 - Holding on to hope –

‘Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful’. (Hebrews 10v23)

5 - Asking God to heal our wounds –

But he was pierced for our transgressions,  he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him,  and by his wounds we are healed’. (Isaiah 53v5)

6 - Running to God with our temptations –

‘No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it’. (1 Corinthians 10v13)

These are just a few of the many bitter incidences than can come into our lives. Sometimes we can make the mistake of blaming God, shaking our fist at him and letting life harden instead of soften our hearts. Bitterness is an ugly and indeed destructive trait. Scripture reminds us that when we submit our trials, temptations, tribulations, hurts, insults, etc.  to God, He can grow both our character and our faith, and bring beautiful fruit from our lives.

That’s the lemonade! That’s the victory!. So when these lemons come, or you realise you are already holding on to some in your life, don’t forget to turn them into something much more attractive and palatable – and make lemonade!

D MacNeil

 

 

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