Q & A. Why do Christians suffer so much?
Q & A. Why do Christians suffer so much?To be honest, it ‘goes with the territory ‘ so to speak. “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” (2 Timothy 3:12). “…..And that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God. (Acts 14:22)
“Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.” 1 Peter 4:12,13
Sometimes, firsthand experience in suffering is essential in equipping us for ministry. Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 1:4,5
“Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.
For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.”
Suffering for Christ also prepares Christians for more glory. Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 4:17, “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;…”
Also consider this:
Sometimes we suffer because of our OWN foolishness. We reap what we sow (Gal. 6:7-9). “But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters.” 1 Peter 4:15
We sometimes suffer because it is God’s discipline. “For those whom the Lord loves he disciplines, and he scourges every son He receives” (Heb. 12:6).
We may suffer persecution because of our faith—especially when we take a stand on biblical issues, i.e., suffering for righteousness sake (2 Tim. 3:12).
NOW YOU KNOW….