MORNINGTIME 3837by Benjamin Munsell on September 13, 2021
The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an Elder, and a Witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of (His Sufferings and) the Glory that shall be revealed: But the God of all Grace, Who hath called us unto his Eternal Glory by Christ Jesus, after that YE HAVE SUFFERED a while, (to) make you Perfect, Stablish, Strengthen, (and) Settle you (in the Comfort of Christ). 1 Peter 5:1,10. FEAR NONE of those things WHICH THOU SHALT SUFFER: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have TRIBULATION ten days: be thou faithful UNTO DEATH, and I will give thee a Crown of Life. Revelation 2:10. In this world, there are many ways to suffer, be it in the flesh physically, emotionally, spiritually and mentally. As a Christian, we WILL suffer in these same ways AS ALLOWED BY THE LORD TO DRAW US OUT OF WORLDLINESS AND INTO CHRISTLIKENESS. We will suffer in some of the same ways as Christ because He IS our Example of Life In Him on this earth. Suffering in Christ IS painful, BUT THESE SUFFERINGS ARE NOTHING COMPARED TO LIFE WITH CHRIST IN THE HEAVENLY'S. For some, no stone of suffering will be left unturned. For others, suffering will be relatively mild. The Lord knows exactly what we need, and can endure, to Grow in Christ in all that He has for each one of us. You will suffer if you Love Christ. And you will be GREATLY compensated for it on the other side. You WILL NOT be asked to Endure more than you are able to, but you WILL be able to Endure all that you are asked with no doubt, no fear, and even with Great Joy and Peace from Christ Himself. The world understands suffering, but they do not understand the Joy and Peace Christ gives to His in the midst of their suffering. To the world, suffering is just the Painful END. To the Believer, suffering is the painful Way (and only as much as Christ allows) to be With Christ BOTH here on this world, and in the next. GOoD News, He took it, so can we, too, Be Blessed.