We have to focus on what is unseen instead of what we can actually see because what we see is temporary (will not last). Therefore, we must look to our eternal God since He and His love will last forever.
When we come to God through Jesus Christ, who is unseen but everlasting, we will begin to spiritually see beyond this physical, temporary life. Then we will receive life more abundantly.
This means our problems, good days, bad days, houses, relationships, setbacks, tears, money, cars, achievements, among other things, will not last forever if we are hidden in Jesus Christ.
Furthermore, the problems that seem to pierce our hearts will not destroy us but will produce everlasting glory (beauty, love, peace, joy, etc.) inside of us until we meet our Savior.
However, if we live to please our sinful nature, we will live eternally in hell, which is definitely not temporary.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (Msg) states:
16-18 So we’re not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace. These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us. There’s far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can’t see now will last forever
The NLT version says:
16 That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are[e] being renewed every day. 17 For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! 18 So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.
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