Philippians 1:29
Suffer for His Sake

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;

When this is done there will be suffering that follows those who commit themselves to this unity. Suffering is part of Christian testimony. It will happen because of our faith in Christ. Suffering will keep us from depending on our comforts, and will also weed out those who are not real. It strengthens the faith of real believers and serves as an example to others who put their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. Actually suffering is exalted in true Christianity because it is noble and for a noble cause. When God’s people suffer in a dignified way, the testimony of faith is greatly enhanced. It is a privilege to suffer because we are engaged actively in the conflict for the souls of our fellow human beings. We know this to be true not only where we are, but it happens to all who live godly.

She lies in her bed with quiet contentment
He groans with pain as he ties to sleep
Why does God allow on-going suffering for years?
His plans for the future include suffering in the present.

Organized opposition starts a whispering campaign
Other forms of opposition are openly hostile
The intervention of a life-changing Gospel affects many
Suffering may come to those who carry its message.

For the sake of the Lord Himself there may be a price
Whether it is financial or physical, suffering comes
We can trust Him without question in difficulties
The scars of suffering may be badges of honor.

In prisons; in hospitals; in isolated places
In home; in places of education – God’s people suffer
Whether physical, emotional, financial or other ways
To suffer for Christ’s sake is evidence of godly living.

“O Father of all compassion and grace: give needed strength, grace and peace to those going through the testing times of suffering. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.”

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