18 Sep Suffering With Christ
What does suffering mean? Suffering, or pain in a broad sense, is an experience of unpleasantness and aversion associated with the perception of harm or threat of harm in an individual. Suffering may be qualified as physical or mental. It may come in all degrees of intensity, from mild to intolerable. (Wikipedia)
I am not advocating poverty, sickness or any of the curses meant for unbelievers here. I am talking about persecutions, mockeries, trials, and such. These are things we must suffer as followers of Christ because the world hates us. Darkness never likes light and darkness always contends with light. Persecution is part of the Christian package, in fact, it is promised:
Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. 2Timothy 3:12
You can also check: Philippians 1:29 & Mark 10:30
But like Moses we must choose to suffer these things instead of yielding to worldly pressures and pleasures. Hebrews 11:25
No matter the trials, the persecutions and the pain we suffer because of our faith. When we constantly bear in mind that Jesus has already overcome for us, then we rest in the knowing that it will pass and we will be victorious. And knowing that we will be victorious gives us reason to rejoice in the midst of suffering with and for Christ.
These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. John 16:33