Hitting the Mark
Suffering for the Gospel – Part 2
Scripture Reading: Romans 5:1-5
Key Verse: Romans 5:3
We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance.
Would you like to be a person who is steadfast in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success? If so, you are going to need to endure suffering, with a good attitude. The Apostle Paul is telling us, in today’s key verse, that it is suffering that produces perseverance and what I gave you in the first sentence in this devotional is the definition of perseverance. I think we all would want to be known as a person who perseveres but none of us enjoy suffering. This suffering has many faces, such as physical suffering, emotional suffering or mental suffering. When we are trying to accomplish something, we will come up against the pain of people fighting us; the pain of rejection; the pain of temporary failure and more. Our ability to tolerate pain will determine how successful we will be in any area of life. If we have low tolerance, then we quit before we see a project through.
So, it is in our walk with God, if we have a low tolerance of suffering, then we may walk away rather than paying the price of discipleship. Jesus never played “bait and switch” in His desire to have everyone become His followers. He said, up front, if you desire to follow me, take up your cross and follow me. The cross was a symbol of pain, not pleasure. Our church crosses are stained beautifully and decorate our sanctuaries. In Jesus’ day, the cross was not pretty nor used as decoration; the cross represented pain and suffering – ultimately it meant death!
If you are a believer in Jesus, it is very likely you have or soon will face some very unpleasant circumstances that cause you to suffer. Trust your God; He is doing a good work in you!
Father, in my suffering, I will not turn back. In Jesus’ Name, amen.