If we suffer down here because we know Christ, I want you to know you are blessed.
What? Blessed? If I was blessed, God would take all this suffering away. I get you. I do.
But, you are blessed. Jesus went through so much pain for us. Jesus was put on a cross to die for us. If we speak God's name, people will hate us, it's a fact. People are scared to hear Jesus' name. Their scared of how powerful He is.
People will hurt us. They will test us. But, we will get stronger because of it. We will be better followers of Christ. We will grow with Christ.
"Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the firey trial which is to try you, as through some strange thing happened to you:
but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ's sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy." 1 Peter 4:12-13
Rejoice when you suffer, firends! Rejoice that you have a hope that none of the haters you have, have. You have a living hope. You have love. So, friends, rejoice! You are blessed. Christ trusts you in the place where you are to bring you sufferings. Sufferings that will help you grow and become stronger. Sufferings that will be apart of your story. Sufferings you can share with non believers and hope they can see and have the same light you have.
You are blessed.
"But even if you should suffer righteousness, you are blessed. Do not fear what they fear or be intimidated."
1 Peter 3:14
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