Friday, March 31, 2017

Daily Fountain 2017 - The Blessedness Of Suffering




Friday March 31

Bible Reading:     1 Peter 3: 18 - 22

Topic:         The Blessedness Of Suffering

Suffering is not pleasure. It is painful and agonizing to human soul and spirit especially where one suffers unjustly.

But the Scripture says "it is better, if it is God's will to suffer doing good than for doing evil" (v. 17)

Jesus Christ exemplified this truth in the way, He suffered unjustly in order to procure human salvation (v. 18)

This endurance of godly suffering earned Him a Name above all other names (Phil. 2: 8-10) and a place at the Right Hand of God with angels, principalities and powers in submission to Him (v. 22)

Beloved what are you going through?
Are you being punished unjustly?
Are you being persecuted in the office or family because of your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ or your unyielding stance for the truth?
Remember that there is blessing when you suffer for doing the right thing.

Therefore be of good cheer, patiently endure for God will eventually vindicate you.
Prayer:
Father in Heaven, thank You for Your love for me. Help me to constantly understand the Scripture as it is written in Rom. 8: 35 - 37 which says "who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship, persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? ......... No in all these things, we are more than conquerors through Him Who loves us, for I pray in Jesus Name, Amen.

Memory verse:   1 Peter 3: 18
"For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh nut quickened by the Spirit"

Source:     The Daily Fountain
(The Daily Devotional Guide of the Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion)

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