Family in Christ,
How good it is to wrestle with biblical truth, sharing ideas, agreeing, disagreeing, yet striving in God’s love and power to nurture and sustain the unity of our shared faith, rooted at the cross of Christ.
You have been born again into a living hope shielded by God’s power until the coming of Jesus our salvation. In this truth, we greatly rejoice!
Peter recognized Christians going through suffering and experiencing grief in all kinds of trials. “…if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name. For it is time for the judgment to begin with the family of God” (1 Peter 4:16). Paul said, “We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God” (Acts 14:22).
God’s sovereign call on our lives includes refining judgment that makes us more like Jesus. Although we anticipate the final judgment where rewards and loss of rewards according to our deeds is yet to come. In light of mid-week Bible study and group discussion this week- it seems to me, suffering as a Christian is inevitable and a necessary preliminary judgment to ensure I am continuously relying on God’s sustaining grace; the varying measure of suffering as a Christian prepares, develops, purifies, us as we anticipate the final judgment.
Jesus said, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, trust, also in me” (John 14:1)
Be ye encouraged! We are not called to carry our burdens and painful trials alone. God, merciful and glorious, brings fellow believers together to love one another, mourn and rejoice, help, and pray, to be strengthened as the Spirit leads and directs our steps.
Let’s pray together to God’s glory as we unite at the cross.
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I know not why God’s wondrous grace
To me He hath made known,
Nor why, unworthy, Christ in love
Redeemed me for His own.