A Thought For The Day 9/29/13

September 29, 2013

Suffering…..

 

A word and concept that is avoided like the plague in many of todays churches,  although in the scriptures, suffering is mentioned often, by Jesus, Paul, and the apostles.  

 

The crazy thing is that it is mentioned in such a positive light by them all. Suffering can produce such valuable fruit within the soul of the believer.  Take a look at what Paul has to say….

 

2 Corinthians 1:5-7   “ For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ.  If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer.  And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.”

 

The scriptures count suffering as a good thing, producing patient endurance, and opening a door for God’s comforts to draw near.

 

Romans 5:3,4  “ Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.”

As we read these scriptures that are often ignored, is it any wonder that the character of Christ is greatly lacking? Perseverance and character cannot be plucked out of the air.  As Paul said above “suffering produces…”

Denial produces nothing!  Neither does a lying mantra like “everything is good, everything is wonderful”.  Our positive confession is that God will bring us through it, better than we were before. God gets all the glory and we get the fruit it produces.

So take heart if you fall into various trials and temptations.  Trust God to have His way with you and to produce inner beauty and character.  He will not let you suffer beyond what you can bear and indeed He will lead you to victory, not forgetting His reward. 

Romans 8:17

“Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, IF indeed we share in His sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.”

 

OVERCOME EVIL WITH GOOD

There is a dance to be danced

A victory won

As we join in the journey

And walk with God’s son

 

Though some days will be darkness

In the midst of the night

Something beautiful takes place

In our hearts through the fight

 

There is no quick shortcut

No back alley way

To endure is essential

To live in this day

 

God will waste nothing

Every tear in our eyes

As we stand against darkness

Dispelling the lies

 

The crown and the glory

Belong all to Him

But He promises rewards

If we endure ‘til the end

 

copyright 2013  Jean Chamblee

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