“Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.” ~ 1 Peter 4:16 KJV
Let’s be honest with each other – No one in their right frame of mind can honestly say that they enjoy pain and suffering. When we examine some scriptures or biblical principles in their entirety, they are not only hard to accept but difficult to adhere to.
Yet when it comes to pain and suffering in this life, Christ forewarns of them and have already put us on alert that we will face persecution, tribulations and that the world will frown upon us, especially those who are Christians and are of the household of faith.
It is tough to follow and this is where it often becomes most challenging where persons become discouraged and turn away from Christ and the great gospel and as a result many don’t ever come to the fullness of their purpose and destiny.
However, those of us that remain persistent, consistent and insistent with our beliefs, though we meet with some of the sharpest sorest sufferings have that deep seated conviction that there is something far greater than our pain or suffering awaiting us.
As a matter of fact just as the scripture says, it is no shame to suffer for being a Christian. As Peter suggests, we must count it as an opportunity to praise God and look upon it as a privilege of being in Christ’s family and being called by His wonderful name.
How Suffering For The Gospel Is A Blessing
1. Happy are you – In your pain and suffering, take courage in knowing that you have the Spirit of God with you to fortify, strengthen and comfort you. Here is the opportunity for you to celebrate the goodness of God and to rejoice in Him knowing that you are being qualified all the more for a great reward that is laid up in heaven for you.
“Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.” ~ Matthew 5:11-12 KJV – King James Version
2. You are being prepared and sealed up for eternal glory – trials, tribulations, persecutions, your pain [affliction] and sufferings brings into your life more of the Spirit of God who is also the Spirit of glory. It is He who shall carry you through them all and to bring you out gloriously.
You experience first hand the Spirit of glory resting upon you, residing with you, dwelling with you, supporting you and where He is most pleased with you as you endure through whatever afflictions you face. Rest assured of God’s deliverance and your victory. Trials don’t come to destroy you but are for your good to strengthen you and to help your spiritual growth.
“The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all.” ~ Psalm 34:19 NIV – New International Version
3. God is on your part [account] glorified – Anxiety is a contradiction to humility. But by exercising patience and fortitude in your suffering, through your dependance upon the promises of God and you adhering to the word of God which the Holy Spirit has revealed, you are allowing God to be glorified in your situation.
The more God is glorified in your life in difficult and trying times with the Spirit of God resting upon you, the less likely you are to be miserable and the happier you will become.
It has been proven that when good people are treated poorly and others speak ill of them for the name of Christ, His Holy Spirit is glorified in them.
“For this light momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison.” 2 Corinthians 4:17 ESV -English Standard Version
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