This is a testimony more than anything else. I always used to say 'God is faithful even in our unfaithfulness' but never really knew what that meant practically.
Background: The past few days, I was in a serious spiritual battle and I was definitely hitting on the downfall button. Not ignoring the great controversy, the best reason I could come up with was the 'negative' or better still, the not so encouraging words certain individuals would vomit in my presence. 'Oh yeah you don't do hugs' had/has become the new 'Hey Nontie, how are you doing?' or comments about my head covering, my diet, my not wearing pants or my not having a boyfriend, among other things. These all seem like petty issues but to a very sensitive person they can be a big deal.
Disclaimer: this is not to imply that those who follow Christ will never have ups in their lives but as one preacher once said 'prosperity can never be a distinction between the righteous and unrighteous but it is through fire that the righteous are tested' (see: Revelation 3:18).
Moral of the story:
My prayer and hope is for these words (like Paul) to one day be our words -
"I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all of them also that love his appearing."
2 Timothy 4:7-8