The Honor of Suffering

1 Peter 4:1-6 – Therefore, since Christ suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind, for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh for the lusts of men, but for the will of God. For we have spent enough of our past lifetime in doing the will of the Gentiles—when we walked in lewdness, lusts, drunkenness, revelries, drinking parties, and abominable idolatries. In regard to these, they think it strange that you do not run with them in the same flood of dissipation, speaking evil of you. They will give an account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. For this reason the gospel was preached also to those who are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.

When was the last time you were “thankful” that you were going through a season of suffering. Most likely the answer is “never”. We normally do not equate thankfulness with suffering, yet the Bible reminds us that there is much to be thankful for during our seasons of suffering. Remember that suffering is not meant to punish us, but it is intended to strengthen and correct us. If you are in a season of suffering, look past the pain to see God’s plan. How is He wanting you to grow, how is He wanting you to change? When we see our suffering through the Lord’s eyes, we can give thanks for His care and guidance in our lives.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

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