Comfort in suffering


II Corinthians 1:5:  For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.

Christ, when He lived on earth, suffered many trials.  Especially on the day of crucifixion, He suffered the worst kind of pain and humiliation ever.  He was beaten and almost dead when He reached the Mount of Golgotha.  He was mocked and teased when He visited the house of tax collectors or spoke to women of ill repute.  Yet, in all these things He did not utter a single word.  He bore it all.  Since we believe in Him and are His children, we also undergo trials and challenges but in  a lesser degree and intent.

Jesus said in this world, we will have troubles.  He said not to be afraid because He has overcome the world.  We live in a world where God’s children are hated and persecuted and falsely accused just like Him.  Sufferings and troubles are abounding every single day.  Living each day has become the most challenging thing ever.  We see opposition to our faith, corruption everywhere.  We are living in the midst of a troublesome situation, but still unharmed by these things because the same consolation that was given by God the Father to Christ is given to us too.  Isn’t that a beautiful thing?  Christ was strengthened to bear insults and emerge victoriously.  We also will be made victorious despite all the battles that we will have to face.

May God’s strength and grace be multiplied in our lives and never decrease.

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