Started by DiscipleHeLovesToo, October 05, 2014, 09:59:13 am
Quote from: Bryan on January 03, 2015, 12:05:48 pmI didn't mean that we have to suffer to know the will of God, so I apologize if that's the way it comes across.Suffering should be part of the Christian walk though. If one never encounters resistance, then we can be sure they never took a step of faith in obedience.2 Timothy 3:12 And indeed, all those who want to live in a godly manner in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.Paul is only talking about living a godly life, nothing about evangelism or the likes.Now suffering is not always being stoned, or physically assaulted. It has many forms, sometimes we may not even be aware we are suffering until the suffering is over.But persecution/suffering should not distract us from the mission of the life God gave us. To testify of his Son.I think what Peter was getting at, again my opinion, is that those who reach the point of being willing to suffer for the name of Jesus have reached the point of being sold out for Christ. There is no going back for them to the life of sin and flesh. They have truly crossed over from death to life because such a thing is really saying no to your flesh (which hates suffering and persecution) and yes to the Spirit.
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