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Luke 9:22 (ESV): "The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised."
Those in Christendom who don't believe suffering is part of living for Christ don't have a biblical view of Christianity. Jesus came to suffer and die for us and those who are His will face a similar fate. No servant is greater than his master. If they persecuted Jesus they will persecute us (Jn 15:20).
Modern movements in the "church" today call for health, wealth, and prosperity. It's not that God doesn't give us these things but to think that suffering and hardship are Satanic and not a part of God's overall plan would be to ignore the truth of Romans 8:28. Luke records the pertinent word MUST in this text. Jesus MUST suffer many things. Paul was told the same thing in Acts 9:16 (ESV): "16 For I will show him how much he MUST suffer for the sake of my name."
Suffer is refiners' fire for the redeemed and the proof of perfection for Christ. To think God wouldn't allow us to suffer is nonsense. We MUST suffer too! What we don't see always is what God is doing. He is using difficulties to prune and shape us. Embrace the suck Christian for God is doing something. Take on the understanding of missionary Hudson Taylor who said "difficulties afford Him a platform to work." Don't despise difficulties, consider them pure joy for God is using them to make you more like Jesus!
Father, we thank You that in all things You have our best interest in mind. Forgive us for rejecting Your refining work and even becoming angry with you at times. May we welcome anything in our lives that makes us more like Jesus we pray in His name, amen, and amen!
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