SUFFERING’S GLORY

“But to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing, so that also at the revelation of His glory you may rejoice with exultation” (1 Peter 4:13).

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if life, like collegiate athletics, had a transfer portal; that when confronted with conflict, adversity, and competition, you could just transfer out to a place you naively assume none of those things are to be found? As disciples, we, hopefully, understand that the character of faith is developed not just in the working out of our salvation; that is, manifesting outwardly the reality of our inner transformation but, also, in the enduring of life’s hardships. This is done with the conviction that God, as he did for Christ, will transform the indignity of our suffering to dignity, and the humiliation of powerlessness into a hopeful waiting.

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