Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Choosing to Suffer


To suffer is to endure hardship, deprivation, pain or loss. Suffering connotes sacrifice, struggle and even death. Yet, even with its gloomy forecast we willingly endure suffering if there is hope that our suffering will lead to a positive end.

A mother faces nine months of suffering buoyed by the joyful thought of bringing new life.
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Our people suffered as slaves, but they always hoped that the children would be free.

Athletes endure the pain of training encouraged by the hope of victory!

In Luke 22 Jesus told his disciples that his suffering was about to begin. It would be painful, humiliating and deadly, but its end would usher in a new day.

Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks and even certain members of our families have lived out the scene, deciding to suffer to bring about a better end.

Verses 14-15 show us Jesus preparing to suffer the cross so that all believers could get the crown of life. He was was wounded for our transgressions and bruised for our iniquity..
 
And with His stripes we are healed.

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