“Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord or of me His prisoner, but join with me in suffering for the gospel according to the power of God” (2 Timothy 1:8).

The question of whether the suffering referenced is because of the gospel or for the benefit of the gospel need not be reduced to an either/or proposition. Depending upon the context of one’s circumstances, it can be both/and. Either way, our reaction to adversity and the challenges of life is a shining moment for faith to reveal itself and make itself known to an ever-watching world.

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