In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 1Peter 1:6-7
Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. 1 Peter 5:9-10
A word from the Lord Jesus Christ.
My body is hurting.
I suffer with my people.
I suffer when you suffer, and I know your pain.
I suffer with every one of my people who are suffering.
In so many countries, people are being persecuted, tortured and killed.
People are homeless, fleeing their persecutors.
Many have lost children, parents, brothers and sisters, pastors, and friends.
Many have lost everything.
They are suffering such terrible ordeals, yet they have forgiven and are able to rejoice, for they know I am with them.
In the Western world the suffering is different.
Many of my people are struggling, weighed down by burdens put on them by their churches.
Many are dismayed and confused.
So many people have been hurt and abused by their churches.
Many people who have left their churches are lonely, deeply hurt, and broken. They feel betrayed.
So many have been deceived.
There is an increasing attack – from within the churches – against those who have left, who are being judged: they are trying to draw you back with their prayers: this is as strong witchcraft.
Remember to forgive, as I forgave my persecutors.
Rejoice, for these trials will end, and they are strengthening and refining you.
I suffer with you.
Keep close to me. Let your suffering be as worship and intercession.
I long for the day when each one of you will be set free, when we meet in the clouds!
Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. Rom 5:3-5