When you think about suffering, is it easy for you to embrace it? Would you want to go through suffering? I don't think anyone does. However, I would guarantee that Christians would say they would love to have a greater relationship with Christ. What if that fellowship with Christ meant you had to suffer, would you still want a deeper relationship with Him?
For me, one thing I struggled with was embracing suffering. I know of all those in the Bible who suffered for the sake of Christ. I know about how they were great men and women of faith who suffered for Christ. Even still, to even think about suffering was something I struggled with. I didn't like to suffering.
The core of why I disliked suffering was because as a child I remember all the struggles we went through. Sometimes our lights would get cut off, if not the lights then it would be the water, or gas. The struggle was extremely real. I equated those times as times of suffering.
As I got older, that little boy in me was afraid to suffer. So I made an inner vow to not have to suffer like that again...Fast forward to now, where I'm growing in Christ. One of my prayers is to continue growing in Christ and to have greater fellowship with the LORD!! So I prayed for more fellowship with Him, and He highlighted an area in my life, that was hindering that growth.
During my quiet time I was reading in Philippians 3. In Philippians 3, Paul is writing about giving his entire life to continue to know Christ more and more! To have a greater fellowship with Him!! Paul really wanted to know Christ Jesus and so do I! As I was reading, verse 10-11 stood out to me, I couldn't get passed it.
Philippians 3:10-11- that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His suffering, being conformed to His death, if by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.
2nd Corinthians 4:8-12-We are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed- always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life f Jesus also may be manifested in our body. For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus' sake, that the life of Jesus may be manifest in our mortal flesh. So then death is working in us, but life in you.
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