The Theology of Suffering

In Phil 3:10, Paul relates the cry of his day.  I want to know Christ and the power of His suffering.  Suffering was common during his day but for us who live in North America this is not the case for our present generation.  Many people today want Christ but not the price.  There are many who claim to be Christians but have no idea who the Savior is.  Over the centuries there have been millions who have given their lives for the cause of Christ.  There have been many as well who are Christian in name only.  A true Christian must be prepared to suffer for the sake of the gospel.  The Bible points out persecution is something that all Christians will face sometime in their lives.  There are many forms of pesecution.  It could be physical, emotional, social, political or economic.  Jesus went to the cross suffering for the sins of mankind.  He suffered much at the hands of unbelievers.  If a person is not willing to suffer for the Lord, they are not a disciple of Jesus Christ.  In Canada we have a great freedom yet at anytime this freedom could be lost.  Let us pray that God will continue to be merciful to our country and let us be free.  Let us also not forget that if persecution comes only a true disciple with the attitude of Paul will last through it.  Your promises today are:  1 Cor 10:13, Matt 28:20, Isaiah 41:10 and James 4:7.  Your Insightful Sayings are:  It is harder to distinquish which goes faster a hummingbird’s wings or a boaster speaking of themselves.