Suffering and Reigning

The Church has been called to suffer, yet many people leave godly churches during periods of persecution. Paul, however, rejoiced in his suffering because it was for others. Second Timothy 2:12 explains clearly that if we suffer with Christ, we will also reign with Him. Those who suffer for the Body's sake-who exhibit a relaxed, positive volition in the midst of their trials- will reign with Jesus.

According to 1 Peter 1:6-8, though we be tried with fire, we can rejoice with unspeakable joy. We can literally have a party going on in our souls, as Paul experienced in the dungeon, while our outward man is suffering.

Satan hates to see us reveal Christ in the midst of trials. He may attack our marriages if he can't get at us through any other means. Many believers suffer in the very institution God designed to reveal the intimacy of a believer's union with Christ. But, to suffer for Christ in your marriage means that you have the option of being Christ to your spouse instead of reacting.

All who live godly will suffer to a degree (2 Timothy 3:12). Each of us will experience our share. Yet, when we suffer for the Body's sake, we also have the privilege of reigning with Christ.

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