by Benjamin Munsell on June 24, 2019
BUT REJOICE, IN- asmuch as ye are partakers of CHRIST'S SUFFERINGS; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may BE GLAD also with exceeding joy. If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, HAPPY ARE YE; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified. But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busy body in other men's matters. Yet IF ANY MAN SUFFER as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but LET HIM GLORIFY GOD on this behalf. 1 Peter 4:13-16. Christ suffered for "doing wrong" when He did no wrong. He suffered "heartache" when He saw a world going to Hell and it wouldn't listen to His Answer to their problems. And He suffered great physical pain when they nailed Him to a cross as punishment for things He didn't do. Yes, Christ did have times of Joy, but nobody complains when they "share" in His Joy, they only complain when they hurt. "Why is God doing this to me, how can a Holy and Righteous God allow this to happen to me"?  If you are a Christian, you will share in His times of Joy and Peace, THE SAME AS, you will share in His times of agony and hurt. This isn't punishment, this is the Life and Times of Christ LIVING THROUGH YOU. Please understand, if you do sin, it may cost you, and if so, then it's still your place to suffer quietly and He will still help you to endure all. Here's my point, your life IS Joy and suffering, Peace and upheaval, Exuberance and pain, JUST LIKE CHRIST. Pray without ceasing, take EVERYTHING to Christ, and He will help you through IT ALL. Your Life, and everything in it, is your "proving ground" to prepare you for the next one. You know, the GOoD One, being with Him in Heaven, FOR ALL OF ETERNITY!!! A sinner without Hope also has pain and suffering, so why should you expect any different? You HAVE Hope, and GOoD reason for your suffering, so allow Christ to help you with ALL of it, so that you AND He, May, Be Blessed.