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Colossians 1:24 ” Now I rejoice in what was suffering for you, and I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ’s afflictions, for the sake of His body, which is the Church.”

It may seem counter-intuitive, but we are not only called to suffer for the sake of Christ, but suffer well.  Now man’s way of suffering is to demand why, blame others or turn our backs on God.  But suffering well for Christ starts with changing our perspective, by looking at our suffering through God’s eyes not ours.  And when we do this, we can then see the purpose,  practice obedience, and persevere victoriously through the suffering.  The Apostle Paul’s theology of suffering well was this:  it produced joy in seeing the Gospel Message advanced, it exalted Christ, and it increased our faith.

Isaiah 53:3 ” He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering.”

We are not “acquainted with grief” in the same way Jesus Christ was.  When illness, injury, or affliction strikes us…we suck it up, endure, and just live through it, waiting for it to end.  But Jesus faced sorrow head-on…knowing intimately what it was to suffer.  He very plainly explained to His disciples in Luke 18:31-33 how He would be mocked, insulted, spit on, flogged, and killed…personally taking on and experiencing all the pent-up evil of this world.  We taste suffering and sorrow…but Jesus is intimate with them.

Romans 8:18 ” I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.”

For many of you today this Scripture may be difficult to accept.  That’s because today you’re right smack-dab in the middle of trials, suffering, loss, injury, or sickness…and the idea that any light and momentary trouble is achieving in you eternal glory that far outweighs any trouble you’re going through is just a little too hard to take. (II Corinthians 4:17)  Or that you should be rejoicing that you can participate in the sufferings of Christ so that you may be overjoyed when His glory is revealed. (I Peter 4:13)  In this verse God is not discounting your suffering…your loss…the traumatic experience you’re going through right now.  Rather, He understands and He’s giving you the  grace and endurance to persevere through it.