By Trey Sullins
I am not going to ask if you have ever had one of those days when you feel like you are being attacked at every area and stage of life. You have the feeling that no matter what you do, you are doing it wrong and failing miserably at life. We all have these days. I have a beautiful wife who is encouraging and loving when I am in the middle of one of those days. She helps me stay focused on the task at hand. She urges me to keep a clear head.
Peter has written such a letter of encouragement to fellow believers in Christ in the nearby Roman provinces. He has heard of their suffering and struggles living a godly life in the midst of persecution. God knows when we are struggling and often He sends people into our lives to help us walk through our tough time.
I have noticed in my own life, that the one whom God sends doesn’t take us out of our situation, but encourages through it.
I want you to evaluate your life and see what God is teaching you. What is His goal for your life and in your suffering? I am going to take a piece of scripture that was in this reading and just lay it out there because I cannot say it any clearer than God’s Word.
“Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when His glory is revealed. If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler. However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear His name.”
My friends, in all things, give God glory, honor and praise. Encourage others because we will also need encouragement. Don’t forget that to suffer for Christ is a blessing. Always do what is right because it will always be the right thing to do.
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