Suffering is a Gift

There’s far more to this life than trusting in Christ. There’s also suffering for Him. And the suffering is as much a gift as the trusting.                  Philippians 1:29

Dear Lord,

Do we have to talk about suffering? Trusting is hard too, but it is a much nicer word. I’d hate to have to suffer like You did on Calvary, but to follow You is to suffer ~ there is no other way.

I used to worry about suffering for You, Lord, but I no longer do. Since the enemy took our son to the pit of death, I now know suffering ~ intense, bitter suffering.

“Then Jesus went to work on His disciples:  ‘Anyone who intends to come with Me has to let Me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat; I am. Don’t run from suffering; embrace it. Follow Me and I’ll show you how. Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, My way, to find yourself, your true self. What kind of deal is it to get everything you want but lose yourself? What could you ever trade your soul for?’ ”      Matthew 16:24, The Message

~Shattered by Suicide by Gracie Thompson

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