Saturday, May 17, 2014

Balm for the Suffering Heart

Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ's sufferings, that you also may rejoice and be glad when His glory is revealed. 1

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that that is to be revealed to us. 2

Blessed be the God and father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the father of all mercies and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the same comfort with which we are comforted by God. For as we share in Christ's sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort, too. 3

We rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. 4

Therefore let those who suffer according to God's will entrust their souls to a faithful creator while doing good. 5

Amen and Amen

Scripture references:
1. I Peter 4:12-13
2. Romans 8:18
3. II Corinthians 1:3-5
4. Romans 5:3-5
5. I Peter 4:19

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