Friday, December 03, 2010

Tips For Triumphant Living -- Be Ready To Suffer

Suffer? I don't like that word or the experience. However, it is part of the real world we live in. Some of us rale at it or we ask why, again and again. Sometimes I gripe--loudly. What we need to do is see our sufferings as opportunities.

1 Peter 4:1 says, "So then, since Christ suffered physical pain, you must arm yourselves with the same attitude he had, and be ready to suffer, too."

How do you feel when you read that? My first reaction is--Nope. Not me. Suffering is meant for someone else. Or I figure I can learn what I need without experiencing the really hard stuff. Thinking like that means I need an attitude adjustment. Scripture says, we're to have the same attitude as Christ. How do we do that? He suffered in ways we can't even understand. The question we should ask is, are we willing? Will we do what God asks --at any cost?

We need to look that question straight in the eye and decide--Christ's way or mine?

God can do amazing work through broken hearts and broken bodies. Take His hand, listen to His voice and follow Him. He will not let you down.

Grace and peace to you from God.



  1. There are many kinds of suffering-losing a loved one, illness, disaster, personal problems, but God sees your pain and will answer in his way.
    God Bless You!

  2. Bonnie, this is a truly beautiful and meaningful post.
    How refreshing to meet other disciples of His, and to hear the word of truth spoken so eloquently.
    I'm grateful to have visited you today, and will definitely be back. You're more than welcome to my place too.
    Many blessings,

  3. Rebecca, you are right. Learning to trust in HIS way rather than our own is not an easy lesson to learn, for most of us, but with the learning comes triumph and joy.

    May He bless you.

  4. Thank you for stopping in Debra. And thank you for the kind words of encouragement.

    I'll be stopping by your site.

    Grace and peace to you.