Posted by: lepages | September 29, 2009

Tough times

In my time with God this morning I was reading Oswald Chambers comments in ‘My utmost for his highest’. He was looking at some tough verses that speak of tough times we can go through as Christians e.g

1 Corinthians 4:11-13;

Up to the present hour we are both hungry and thirsty; we are poorly clothed, roughly treated, homeless; we labor, working with our own hands. When we are reviled, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it; when we are slandered, we entreat. We are, even now, like the world’s garbage, like the filth of all things.

1 Peter 4:12-16

Dear friends, when the fiery ordeal arises among you to test you, don’t be surprised by it, as if something unusual were happening to you. Instead, as you share in the sufferings of the Messiah rejoice, so that you may also rejoice with great joy at the revelation of His glory. If you are ridiculed for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.  None of you, however, should suffer as a murderer, a thief, an evildoer, or as a meddler. But if anyone suffers as a Christian, he should not be ashamed, but should glorify God with that name.

Quotations from Holman Christian Standard Bible

There’s not many of us as Christians in Britain today who face those sort of struggles. It provokes a thought in me. Why do some Christians spend so much time trying to defend our Christian liberty? Would we not be better to just get on with sharing the good news of Jesus for others blessing, and if it brings tough times, just accept that it is part of what it means to follow Christ?

I wonder what others think?!

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