Suffering For Christ
Here is your Daily Devotional Prayer for October 27, 2016 brought to you by The Plough
“We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.”
2 Corinthians 4:8–10
Lord God, we thank you for your voice even when it is stern and we must go through hardship and suffering. Your voice speaks to us, and in your voice we can be glad and victorious in our life on earth. Come into our lives. May each of us realize that all we have gone through has been for the good. Be God and Lord over the nations. Be a refuge for all people. Grant that the sin and distress of this terrible time may soon pass and that we may hear your words, “Be comforted. I will come soon. All these terrors must pass by. My will is being done. My name must be honored. My kingdom and my rule are coming. So take heart and at all times look to your God and Father in heaven.” Amen.
Daily Commentary: Why does God allow suffering? It is for own own good. When we suffer for Christ, we grow in love and appreciation for what He did for us on the cross. It is not a matter of imitating Christ but of suffering with him that makes all the difference.
Life is tough and we have to be strong but God has given us His Son to redeem us and make us whole again. Suffering as a Christian is at the heart of what makes us who we are. We will not be crushed … we will not live in despair … we will not be forsaken … and we will not be destroyed. This is God’s promise to us. He looks after His sheep.
God will interpose by his grace, and aid his people, and save us from absolute despair. Why? We were created by love, for love and to be loved. That is God’s hope for us. The suffering burns off the the things we don’t need and makes us a new person in Christ,
We have the help, the presence, the support, and assistance of God in everything we do whether we suffer or not because it is for our own good!
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