Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.
For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me. For I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me. Whether then it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed.
—1 Corinthians 15:1-11
by: Trisha Gerstel.
When life gets complicated—when trials and tribulations come and there appears to be no end to the testing of our faith—the believer finds strength, hope, and peace by meditating on our relationship with God as well as His love for us and the sacrifices He has made on our behalf. This is a truth that we should hold in our hearts; it also is something we should share with our Christian family during their times of need, and must demonstrate to the outside world as they observe us in our dark hours (2 Corinthians 1:3-5).