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Life of Faith, book by H. H. Pope Shenouda III

16- The Hidden Benevolences Of God           Image: Open your mouth and I'll fill it صورة: آية: أنا الرب إلهك، افغر فاك فأملأه Image: I am the LORD your God.. Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it (Ps 81: 10)

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: آية: "أَنَا الرَّبُّ إِلهُكَ.. أَفْغِرْ فَاكَ فَأَمْلأَهُ" (مزمور 81: 10)

10- The Hidden Benevolences Of God

We only thank God for the benevolences we see and know. However, there are also unseen things we should thank Him for. When we enter the life of faith we automatically enter in a life of perpetual appreciation, as the apostle said “Giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Eph. 5:20).

In our life, we also have to thank for the temptations, because we feel that they have hidden benevolences in them from God that we do not see. And if we saw them we'll no doubt be singing with James “Count it all joy when you fall into various trials” (James 1:2).

From this, we see that faith gives a spiritual meaning to suffering, pains that God allows for the special grace that is in them. All from unseen matters, but we accept them in faith having confidence in God's love who does good. We also have confidence in what the Bible says “We know that all things work together for good to those who love God.” (Rom. 8:28).

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