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Romans 8:18

Romans 8:18 (ESV): "18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us."

The most encouraging news in all the world is that this is as bad as it gets for the believer. Better days are ahead! As it is written, "no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him (1 Cor 2:9)."

Paul knew suffering well. Every place he went he experienced some sort of suffering. He became so acquainted with it that it was his expectation when preaching the Gospel but he never stop preaching. Why? Because he knew that these present sufferings are temporary and that on the other side of this life will come a place that will not compare to the sufferings as a result of the Gospel or the fallen flesh. He was able to suffer well because his mind was set on things above and not on the things of this earth.

How well do you suffer? Are you a glass that is half empty or half full kind of sufferer? If you set your mind on the things above you will have a positive perspective. We are promised an eternal glory that far outweighs any kind of suffering we might endure on this earth. Better days are coming. Meditate on Jesus and the fact that He has gone to prepare a place for us that where He is we might be also. The reward far outweighs the price. Remind yourself often of this!

Father, we thank You for the promise of heaven for those who put their faith in You. Forgive us for murmuring and complaining about our suffering. Help us to set our minds on things above so we can suffer well in Jesus' name we pray, amen.
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