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  1. Brittany says:

    This is one of my favorite verses, like you mentioned in the beginning. I had not thought of it being taught with prosperity gospel. I love it because it gives hold for even the darkest times and calls for only two things. 1) Doing what he called us as you mentioned 2) Loving God. Such s great promise with such simple, yet deeply rooted, stipulations.

    • Michelle Ling says:

      That is super cool Brittany! I love that you hold onto this verse and the promises that He makes! 🙂

  2. Jenny says:

    I’m going through Genesis right now, and I actually just read about Joseph’s reunion with his brothers a couple of days ago! I think the example of Joseph’s life – being sold into slavery for 20 years before ending up saving the lives of his brothers during the famine – is a wonderful example of God’s sovereignty and goodness. In my own life, I like to think if Psalm 68:8-12 (some of my favorite verses!): no matter what tribulation I go through in this world, God will always bless me with the joy of His presence and the security of His promise that I will one day be with Him.
    Loved this post! I found it in a FB group thread 🙂

    • Michelle Ling says:

      Hahaha that is awesome! I would love to go through Genesis again soon too! Currently going through Psalms (but not yet up to Psalm 68 yet!). Thanks for sharing your thoughts! x

  3. Michelle great job on dissecting this verse. You are right there is so much to this verse! Suffering from depression and having chronic health issues people have used this against me. But God continues to encourage me with His love daily and I am thankful for the journey He put me on!
    Melodie

    • Michelle Ling says:

      It is so funny that there is so much in such a short verse aye! But I am so sorry that a verse has been used against you in that way. I hope you have managed to find a community that not only uplifts you and lovingly convicts, but warmly encourages you on your journey 🙂

  4. Tabatha Hull says:

    Beautifully written, Michelle! Thank you for speaking the truth in love. I wholeheartedly agree with you that Romans 8:28 is meant to be an encouragement to us by reminding us that God can use it ALL for good if we are genuinely following Christ. He will use the pain, trials, tests, and joy for our good and His glory if we keep our eyes fixed upon Him. Thank you for sharing!

  5. Teresa says:

    I’ve seen people who attend churches where prosperity gospel is preached get hurt and disillusioned by those who would use this verse from that prospective. You are so right! We really need to dig in and understand the Word of the Lord here for his verse. For Christians, it’s more like a promise that we can rely on God in all things – no matter what.

  6. Michelle, I did a study of Romans over the last few months as well and was blessed by the wisdom held in this book of the Bible. Romans 8:28 is often misunderstood and you did a very good job breaking it down and explaining it.

  7. The days of apologetics – debating predestination, election, foreordination, and all that. I had long abandoned such ventures. Romans 8:28 definitely is quite a sticking point for many people to fully comprehend.

    What I take away from Romans 8:28 is exactly how you have spoken to the context. It is not about God making an easier life. As I read this, I am reminded of the passage in the Gospels where Christ lists out all of the terrible things the disciples (and we have, are, and will) face in this life. At the end of it, he says “Be of good cheer.” I’ve wrestled with this understanding until a few years ago.

    Paul – essentially – is saying the same thing. Christ has already overcome the world. A true and right relationship with Him, we have the power and ability to overcome. Not that he is going to wave his hand and make the paths easy for us. No, he is going to provide the comfort and strength we need to face those times of adversity. We endure because he strengthens us to endure. That is my take away from this passage.

    Thank you

    • Michelle Ling says:

      Really liked what you said about how He is going to provide the comfort and strength we need to face those times of adversity. I think that this is super true! We do endure because He strengthens us to endure. Thanks for sharing your perspective of this passage! It was so good!

  8. Elizabeth says:

    Very in-depth study. I appreciate the effort you have put into this. Thanks for sharing

  9. Sarah says:

    I really enjoyed reading your reflections on Romans 8:28, Michelle. Some people think this verse means everything that happens in their lives will be good! But it’s saying that God will use everything, whether good or bad from our perspective, ultimately for His purpose. He knows what’s good for us when we don’t!

    I also appreciate your wise commentary on what it means to be “called.” It’s not as complicated as we make it – when we respond to the gospel and put our faith in Christ, it shows that we’ve been called!

    By the way, I LOVE your blog design! Also pinned this post and followed you on Instagram 🙂

    • Michelle Ling says:

      Hahahaha thank you Sarah! That is really sweet 🙂 I do love graphic and web design. And yes! It is hard to comprehend sometimes, but it is so true that God will use everything (both good and bad) for His ultimately good purpose!

  10. Summer says:

    I cling to Romans 8:28 when going through difficult times. You did a fantastic job of breaking down what it really means.

  11. Donna Miller says:

    I am in 1 Corinthians right now. It is awesome. I love Romans 8:28. It brings me comfort knowing God didn’t cause any of this BUT He will work all things out for my good … ❤

  12. I started reading the book of Romans last week, not that I haven’t read it before but I needed to remind myself of some things.
    Yes, the verse is loaded and I can see why you would have a whole devotional on it.

  13. I so love and appreciate the care you’ve given this verse! It’s such a great chapter from the Bible, but this one verse is so often taken out of context and misquoted.

    A while back, the Holy Spirit convicted me of the part of that verse that says “those who love God” because, of course I would say I love God, but He reminded me that if I love Him, I should obey Him. At that time there were some areas of my life I needed to surrender, and He used this verse to show that to me. He can’t work all things for my good if I don’t fully surrender and allow Him to work!

    Thanks again! Love your blog too! You’ve done an amazing job designing it, and everything’s so easy to navigate!

    • Michelle Ling says:

      Thanks Abigail for the sweet encouragement! And so true 🙂 He can only work all things for our good if we fully surrender our lives to Him!

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