Posted by: SandreS | April 19, 2016

Our Sufferings

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Our Sufferings are God’s Gift to Us:

Unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on Him, but also to suffer for His sake (Philippians 1:29).

Our Sufferings are Our Appointment:

No man should be moved by these afflictions: for yourselves know that we are appointed thereto (I Thessalonians 3:3).

Our Sufferings are A Spiritual Fruit:

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering … (Galatians 5:22).

Spiritual fruit does not include “deliverance”; quite the contrary, it produces God’s attribute of endurance or long-suffering in the life of the believer.

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
Author of Suffering: God’s Forgotten Gift

Suffering_1247_925.inddSuffering: God’s Forgotten Gift

by Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.

Two gifts given to the believer are mentioned by Paul in Philippians 1:29. The first is “to believe on Him.” This is a glorious gift. Every believer has been given this gift from God. Those who possess it may not even fully recognize it as a gift from Him; but indeed, faith is God’s wonderful gift to us. Faith is a rich gift from God, but there is also another gift from God to the believer, mentioned by Paul in Philippians 1:29, that is equally as glorious.

The second gift is “also to suffer for His sake.” This, too, is a glorious gift. Every believer has been given this gift from God as well, but those who possess it often do not fully recognize it for what it is. Indeed, suffering for His sake similarly is God’s wonderful gift to us. Paul teaches us to embrace this second gift as well as we do the first!

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