Righteous Suffering for Christ

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We are living in an age devoid of reason or objective moral truth. When it comes to addressing the evils of abortion, gay marriage, pagan traditions, and irreverance for God and His universal truth, most humans are simply going along for the ride without ever challenging any of these disturbing trends.  We can observe sinful behavior in the news media, in our government officials, in our schools, in our TV shows, and elsewhere.  At this time, it seems like anything goes.  And almost nothing is so sacred in our society that it could discourage individuals from making disparaging comments to one another, acting unruly in public, forsaking common decency, or worse.  

At this moment, our world is full of new fantastic diversions and a suffocating indifference to universal morality.  Instead people seem driven to gorge themselves on new technologies and entertainment activities. The majority of humanity lives for the now as opposed to living in preparation and training for a Godly life. Too many fill themselves with the temporary pleasures of this life and worldly things that do not fill the inner void that they all know they have.  And, all the while, they still cannot understand why exactly they are still unhappy.  

The Bible tells us in the Book of Revelation/Apocalypse that all of this imperfect world, stained with sin will end. So we should probably ask ourselves: Why focus our lives on those imperfect things that will rot, fade away, and ultimately be destroyed by Jesus Christ in the end?

God is permanent along with our immortal souls; and so is our eternal afterlife.  To weather the struggles of this world, we must accept that we ALL will suffer in fire (Mark 9:49, 1 Corinthians 13:14) as even Paul suffered for Jesus Christ (Colossians 1:24, 2 Timothy 2:8-13). This suffering means that we are to give up our search for temporary comfort and excitement.  We must exchange our sinful selfishness for God.  In the Bible, this process is referred to as mortification and is shown to us by Paul in his epistles to the early Christian churches.

“If you live after the flesh, you shall die, but if through the spirit you mortify the deeds of the flesh, you shall live. For whosoever are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” Romans 8:13-14

“Now I rejoice in what I am suffering for you, and I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ’s afflictions, for the sake of his body, which is the church.” Colossians 1:24

Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.” Colossians 3:5

“Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.” Galatians 5:24

And, as Christians, we must realize that we will suffer at the hands of those who sin simply for attempting to live a holy life.  But, all of our righteous suffering is nothing compared to how we will suffer if we fall slave to sin. Therefore, we must make every effort to doubt this world, our fleshly desires, and our independence.  And any worldly, fleshly view of our surroundings and our ambitions must be replaced with an abundant faith, love and obedience for almighty God.

Are you ready to mortify your worldly, fleshly self by separating yourself from the temporary, but flashy distractions in order to live in eternal joy for our most gracious and loving God and His Son Jesus Christ?

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“Be you humbled therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in the time of visitation: Casting all your care upon him, for he hath care of you. Be sober and vigilant: because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, goeth about seeking whom he may devour. Whom resist ye, strong in faith: knowing that the same affliction befalls, your brethren who are in the world. But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory in Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a little, will himself perfect you and confirm you and establish you. To him be glory and empire, for ever and ever. Amen.”1 Peter 5:6-11

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