Suffering for Christ

By Dr. John W. Lewis - Religion Writer

Philippians 1:29, “For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake.”

Modern Christianity would have you believe that you should always be blessed with health and wealth and that God will keep us from all sorrows and sicknesses. Don’t be surprised if you’re living your life according to the Bible and find that it is not always a bed of roses.

Look at Matthew 5:11 & 12, “Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake, Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.” The Bible says all who live Godly shall suffer persecution, but the promise is that we shall be rewarded if it is for Christ’s sake you are persecuted.

Christ suffered for us. The Just for the unjust. Look at Isaiah 53:3, “He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it wre our faces from him, he was despised, and we esteemed him not.” If we are going to know Christ, then we must suffer for his sake. Look at Philippians 3:10, “That I may know him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made comfortable unto his death.”

Shallow Christianity endures no suffering!

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By Dr. John W. Lewis

Religion Writer