Why Sharing Christ’s Sufferings Will Make You Happy

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Daily Reading: Exodus 23-24 GW; 1 Peter 4 GW

“Dear friends, don’t be surprised by the fiery troubles that are coming in order to test you. Don’t feel as though something strange is happening to you, but be happy as you share Christ’s sufferings. Then you will also be full of joy when he appears again in his glory.” (1 Peter 12-13 GW)

Suffering with Christ means sharing His joy.

When Christ suffered on the cross, it was temporary.  However, the victory He had over death is eternal.  Our sufferings on earth are not permanent; they will pass.  We share with Jesus in His success, which never ends.  But we will have fiery troubles that will test our faith.  Attitude is everything when facing a difficult trial.

When life knocks you on your back, the only place to look is up.  You will have events in life that cause you to fall to your knees.  Everyone does; no one gets out of this life without suffering.  Don’t let Satan trick you into thinking you’re the only one who has troubles; you’re not.  Some people may hide their problems better than others, but they still have them.  Jesus endured every temptation you will ever face.  In Him, find hope.

The Best is Still to Come.

Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.” (James 1:12 NIV)

Your crown is waiting; hold on.  When life is closing in on me, I have one pervasive thought that carries me through, “Whatever God has on the other side of this is really good.”  The harder the trial, the greater the reward.  But we must endure the suffering to get to the other side.  Eternal life in Christ is the reward.  Today’s woes are tomorrow’s victories.

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Lord, thank You for showing us the way.  You didn’t run from suffering but persevered for our sake.  Forgive us for faltering; help us to persevere, no matter what the trial.  Let us focus on the joy we share with You.  Remind us; whatever we are facing, it will pass.  Thank You for working all things to the good for those who believe and trust in You.  IJNIP. Amen.

Question for reflection:

How does knowing your victory is in Jesus help you persevere?

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