Trust God even when people betray you. When people you had once thought you could trust betray your trust, you need to set boundaries with them to protect yourself until they earn back your trust (if they ever do). But you can still live in faith, even when people have betrayed you, because God is always trustworthy and you can choose to trust God in any situation – even those involving difficult people. Ask God to take what people intended for evil and use it to accomplish something good in your life.

Overcome your regrets. Although there are consequences to the choices that you’ve made in the past, God is always willing to forgive you for your mistakes and help you learn from them. Be honest with God about your regrets and ask Jesus to help you move forward with the peace that only He can give.

Remember that God will complete the good work He has begun in you. Healing from suffering is a process. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you be patient throughout the healing process, however long it takes. Trust in God’s promise to complete the healing work that He begins in you.

Live in ways that will help other people seek God in their own suffering. Ask God to empower you to live with integrity and love, so you’ll inspire others to learn more about your faith. When people ask about your faith, tell them stories about how God has helped you overcome suffering by turning your pain to praise. Show others who are suffering that God’s love is stronger than any pain.

Adapted from Songs in the Night: How God Transforms Our Pain to Praise, copyright 2011 by Michael A. Milton. Published by P&R Publishing, Philipsburg, NJ, www.prpbooks.com.

Michael A. Milton and his family live in Charlotte, North Carolina, and he is the host of the national Bible teaching television program Faith for Living, a songwriter and recording artist, and the author of numerous books and articles. Previously he was the senior minister of the historic First Presbyterian Church of Chattanooga, Tennessee and is currently Chancellor and CEO elect of Reformed Theological Seminary and the James M. Baird Jr. Professor of Pastoral Theology, there.

Whitney Hopler is a freelance writer and editor who serves as both a Crosswalk.com contributing writer and the editor of About.com’s site on angels and miracles. Contact Whitney at: angels.guide@about.com to send in a true story of an angelic encounter or a miraculous experience like an answered prayer. 

Publication date: September 17, 2012