Suffering – 1

Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.

And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. … Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because whoever suffers in the body is done with sin.

Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.

But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel. I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.”

If we endure, we will also reign with him. If we disown him, he will also disown us. … What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ.

Ro 5:3-4Ro 5:51Pe 4:11Pe 4:12-13Ac 9:15-162Ti 2:12, Pi 3:8

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  1. Having come from service in the crucible of central Asia rejoicing in suffering begins to make more sense. How Peter must have reflected on Jesus’ response to him before Peter said he would not deny Christ those three times and Jesus responded that Satan had asked to sift Peter like wheat. Jesus prayed, not that he would not be sifted, but that Peter’s faith would not fail. Perhaps he, and we, can rejoice that when we stand by faith we do come to know Christ so much more deeply. That truly is joy! The process may not look like what we planned or hoped for, however.
    Thank you

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