After doing the 1 Peter study last night with the English Speaking Fellowship, I want to write something about the suffering in the Bible. Christians around the world are under persecution... Long long time ago, master Yoda has shown his wisdom in The Phantom Menace:
"Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads suffering."
However, nearly 2000 years ago, apostle Paul encouraged us in his letter to the Christians in Rome with such verses (not exact quote from Romans 5:3-4)
"... suffering leads to perseverance, perseverance leads to character, character leads to hope."
By dying on the cross, Jesus Christ has redeemed his people from the wrath of God, and we are spared from the final judgement that God will bring upon this world. However, it does not mean Christian are spared from the suffering of this world. In fact, Christians should expect more suffering in this world, either because we realise that this world is a world that falls apart, or because Christians suffer and are persecuted for doing God's will.
Blessed are those who have been persecuted for righteousness' sake, For theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. Blessed are you when people reproach you, persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven. For that is how they persecuted the prophets who were before you. --Matthew 4:11 (WEB)
- The Voice of the Martyrs
News on persecuted Christians around the world. Keep that in your praying diary!