“For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God” (II Corinthians 4:15). Whenever we face trials and persecutions, it is not only for our sakes, but so that it may result in thanksgiving for many. When we face these hard times, people see Jesus Christ in us (2).
“How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!” (Isaiah 52:7). How beautiful it is to the unsaved, who wait to be delivered from the kingdom of darkness, to see Jesus Christ revealed before their eyes through believers. It results in thanksgiving because the way of salvation has been shown. As believers, we must realize that when we are persecuted, it is for the purpose of showing the glory of God. Remember what Paul said, “For I think that God hath set forth us the apostles last, as it were appointed to death: for we are made a spectacle unto the world, and to angels, and to men” (I Corinthians 4:9). We need to remove our eyes from the temporal things and fix them on the eternal, so that thanksgiving may result from many because salvation is proclaimed.