“For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe on Him, but also to suffer for Him.” Phil. 1:29
When we accept Christ as our personal Savior and place our trust in Him, we may have the idea that this is the end of our problems. However, in reality we may have new problems, difficulties and hardships. In fact, Jesus Himself told us to expect this in John 16:33 – “In the world you shall have tribulation, but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”
However, the presence of conflict or hardship is a privilege if we suffer for His sake. In fact, Paul tells us that it is “granted” to us; it is a gift. If we were suffering for ourselves it would not be a privilege, but if we are suffering for Christ, it is a high and holy honor.
As part of the Cedar Hills Church community, we do not need to suffer alone. We can share our troubles with one another, pray for one another, support one another and grow together in love for Christ and each other.
Gracious Heavenly Father,
Thank You for Your care and presence in all that will happen to me today. Help me to be true to You in all that I say and do, knowing that all things work together for the good of those who love You.
Help me to discern Your presence, to respond to the guidance of the Holy Spirit throughout the hours ahead, and help me to lovingly respond to the needs of others with whom I may have contact.
In Jesus name, Amen.