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Suffering Versus Glory

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Suffering Versus Glory
Scripture Reading — Romans 8:18-27
I consider that our present sufferings are not worth com-paring with the glory that will be revealed in us. — Romans 8:18
Claiming what this verse says is easier for some than for others. It depends on what kind of suffering you have experienced or are currently enduring.
Paul is being realistic. Whether it’s trying to make sense of ourselves, fighting off sin, struggling in relationship, bearing wounds of brokenness, being limited by health, enduring the pain of depression or a host of other situations, suffering is real for Christians as well as non-Christians.
Paul wants us to gain perspective, so he invites us to compare our suffering to the glory that will be revealed in us. But Paul does not define that glory as life without adversity, as if we won’t have health issues or financial needs or marital struggles or the like. Our goal is not so much to beat suffering as it is to live fully and completely as children of God.
God reminds us that we have his Spirit—always. And the Spirit will help us in all situations, interceding for us even if we struggle to pray. Even in the worst of times, we are not alone. I find great comfort in that.
When I suffer, I need that reminder. I may want an easier life, but what I need most is to know that God is continually with me and at work in me.
Prayer
Heavenly Father, in times of struggle and suffering, assure me of your strengthening presence in my life and remind me of what that means for the future. Through Jesus Christ, Amen.
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  • TREKPURRSON
    emoticon AMEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! emoticon
    2034 days ago
  • ICECUB
    THANK YOU. WE ALL HAVE STRUGGLES BUT WE ARE NOT ALONE IN OUR SUFFERING. WE HAVE GOD AND WE HAVE PEACE.
    2034 days ago
  • LOULOUWLG403
    This is all Very Good, Great, Awesome, Wonderful, Blessed, Magnificent, Miraculous, Fantastic, Fabulous, and Sensational! I also like the last sentence I may
    want a easier life, but what I need most is God is continually with me and at work with me! I hope everyone has a Super & Blessed Saturday! LYL!
    2034 days ago
  • no profile photo CD3934996
    Alway know that through the valley's there is a path to the top.. We all Travel a road that no one understands and we will find out the reason for any hurt or times of tears when we get there.. In His Timing Alone... With Grace Just Me emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2034 days ago
  • SURVIVOR61
    To suffer in life with Christ is to be reborn spirituality with Christ in His Kingdom forever in forgiveness!
    Amen
    2035 days ago
  • IMNOTSTOPPIN
    A reminder for us to be assured that God will always be with us in every situation and to cultivate a thankful heart and to increase in us.

    My prayer is also: Help us in our infirmities and that may we be pleasing to u our God and our Savior.
    2035 days ago
  • no profile photo CD15822068
    emoticon blog. emoticon This is so true. We go through a lot of struggles. We all need to remember what our Savior went through for us. Praise HIM in times of struggle. For it is in those times when HIS glorious mercy shines through the most.

    Hugs and prayers, Mama Judy
    2035 days ago
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    Amen
    2035 days ago
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