Through MentorLink’s weekly Prayer Updates, we keep up with over 100 of the Lord’s servants around the world. This gives us some idea of the hardships and suffering that is happening around the world.
This past week, I was reminded again at the role suffering plays in our lives. The Lord has called us to suffering. It is part of the normal life for those in Christ. The following passage gives perspective:
“For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps. He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.” (1 Pt. 2:21-25)
Take a moment to reflect on this passage. These questions may be a help:
1. How have I suffered in the past?
2. Being honest with myself, how has that suffering shaped me?
3. How does this passage shape my perspective on suffering?
4. Take a moment to thank Jesus for His suffering for you.
Maranatha (Come, Lord Jesus)