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Day 50 | FEBRUARY 19, 2021 | Apostle Gideon C Boateng
For you have been given not only the privilege of trusting in Christ but also the privilege of suffering for him.
Phil 1:29 (NLT)
To suffer means to undergo something unpleasant or undesirable. It also entails putting up with something painful. Suffering is not a pleasant thing because pain is not enjoyable. As much as possible people stay away from things that inflict pain. Punishments that inflict pains or put people in unpleasant situations are therefore used to deter people from doing wrongs in the society today.
When people go against societal norms, they are punished by the law for the wrong and the reason is for it to help reform the culprit as well as deter others from joining in the same crime. Suffering for wrong is justifiable. Wrongdoers sometimes agree it is fair for them to suffer for the wrong done. What if one is falsely accused and found guilty? Is that fair? The answer is a big no!
What about suffering for doing the right thing? An example of suffering for doing right can be refusing to cheat when everyone around is cheating and because you are the odd one out they begin to vilify you. This is where many people begin to despair and throw in the towel; they give up on being different and right. The present state of the world doesn’t allow for people to be truthful and godly and the few who stick out to be unique in this regard are persecuted and even giving names.
It is a great virtue to stand to be vilified for doing what is right but if you suffer for your faith in Christ it is a blessing. It is a rare privilege only few people can get in a life time.
2 Tim 2:12 If we suffer, we shall also reign with him. Mark 10:28-30 Then Peter began to speak up. "We've given up everything to follow you," he said. 29 "Yes," Jesus replied, "and I assure you that everyone who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or property, for my sake and for the Good News, 30 will receive now in return a hundred times as many houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and property—along with persecution. And in the world to come that person will have eternal life.
Persecution is one of the blessings we have in leaving all to follow the master. Never run away from them receive them with joy and refuse to make it affect your momentum in your service to the Lord.
// 🗣SAY BY FAITH
I rejoice in my heart when people rise up against me because of my faith in the Lord because I have great reward in heaven for that. I am not moved by persecution I am only moved by the Word of God.
// 📚FURTHER STUDY
Acts 5:41, Rom. 5:3
// 📝ONE YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN
Numbers 1-2, Mark 3:1-21
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