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Life Hacks – Suffering
August 8, 2021

Life Hacks – Suffering

August 8, 2021

Life Hacks

Pt. 3 – Suffering

 

Jn. 15:18“If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. 19If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. 20… If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also.

 

Mt. 10:22All men will hate you because of me, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.

 

Luke 21:10Then He said to them: “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. 11There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven. 12“But before all this, they will lay hands on you and persecute you. They will deliver you to synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors, and all on account of my name. 13This will result in your being witnesses to them. 14But make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourselves. 15For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict. 16You will be betrayed even by parents, brothers, relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death. 17All men will hate you because of me.

 

2 Tim. 3:10You, however, know all about my teaching, my way of life, my purpose, faith, patience, love, endurance, 11persecutions, sufferings—what kinds of things happened to me in Antioch, Iconium and Lystra, the persecutions I endured. Yet the Lord rescued me from all of them. 12In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted…

 

here; there!

 

Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we’ve been given a brand-new life and have everything to live for, including a future in heaven – and the future starts now! God is keeping careful watch over us and the future. The Day is coming when you’ll have it all – life healed and whole. I know how great this makes you feel, even though you have to put up with every kind of aggravation in the meantime. Pure gold put in the fire comes out of it proved pure; genuine faith put through this suffering comes out proved genuine. When Jesus wraps this all up, it’s your faith, not your gold, that God will have on display as evidence of His victory. (I Pet. 1:3-7, The Message)

 

Suffering proves my faith is .

 

 

 

1 Peter 2:19There’s no particular virtue in accepting punishment that you well deserve. (The Message)

 

To endure suffering, I must be .

1 Peter 2:20-21But if you’re treated badly for good behavior and continue in spite of it to be a good servant, that is what counts with God. This is the kind of life you’ve been invited into, the kind of life Christ lived. He suffered everything that came His way so you would know that it could be done, and also know how to do it, step-by-step. (The Message)

           

Jesus’ response to suffering:

 

Do .

22He never did one thing wrong, not once said anything amiss. (The Message)

 

Don’t .

23They called Him every name in the book and He said nothing back. He suffered in silence… (The Message)

 

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23He suffered in silence… …content to let God set things right. (The Message)

 

The right response to suffering creates .

If with heart and soul you’re doing good, do you think you can be stopped? Even if you suffer for it, you’re still better off. Don’t give the opposition a second thought. Through thick and thin, keep your hearts at attention, in adoration before Christ, your Master. Be ready to speak up and tell anyone who asks why you’re living the way you are, and always with the utmost courtesy. Keep a clear conscience before God so that when people throw mud at you, none of it will stick. They’ll end up realizing that they’re the ones who need a bath. It’s better to suffer for doing good, if that’s what God wants, than to be punished for doing bad. (1 Pet. 3:14-17, The Message)

             

Jesus’ is my .

 

Suffering does not mean I have missed the .

1 Peter 4:19So then, those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.

 

You’re not the only ones plunged into these hard times. It’s the same with Christians all over the world. So keep a firm grip on the faith. The suffering won’t last forever. It won’t be long before this generous God who has great plans for us in Christ—eternal and glorious plans they are!—will have you put together and on your feet for good. He gets the last word; yes, He does.

(1 Peter 5:9-11, The Message)

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