The Call to Suffer and be Happy

reflections on Christ - crucifixion

“You will be hated by everyone because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.” ~ Matthew 10:22 (NIV)

“…Remain true to the faith. “We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God.” ~ Acts 14:22 (NIV)

“For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him.” ~ Philippians 1:29 (NIV)

“In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.” ~ 2 Timothy 3:12 (NIV)

“Dear friends, don’t be surprised by the fiery troubles that are coming in order to test you. Don’t feel as though something strange is happening to you, but be happy as you share Christ’s sufferings. Then you will also be full of joy when he appears again in his glory.” ~1 Peter 4:12-13 (GM)

Christians are called to suffer and be happy.

This is a strange combination of experiences that the born-again Christian is asked to expect, endure and rejoice in. The call to suffer totally contradicts the feel good, emotionally charged, spiritually exuberant prosperity preaching of today’s contemporary churches and preachers. Another way to look at it is that many of today’s churches and preachers are contradicting the original message of Christ and His Apostles.

Isn’t this interesting?

Instead of being encouraged to endure suffering and hardness as a good soldier of Jesus Christ, many are being encouraged to seek self-fulfillment, wealth and prosperity and avoid the suffering of Christ at all cost—to enter heaven on a flowery bed of ease. But this is not what the Scriptures are telling us.

Now who are you going to follow, the positive message of feel-good preaching or the Truth of God’s Holy Word?

Who is right, God or the world?


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6 responses

  1. this all is a symbol of how much he endured sufering kings have worn crowns of gold silver etc but he wwore a crown of thorns he was piercd n evry single drop of blood was lost from his body stakes were piercd an he was naild on the cross abba father ur only son u sacrificd for us all evry man n woman shuld knw the value of it bow down to him n worship n praise him cher him he is the only hero who died n won victory for us all the battle is won by him a true warrior oh our jesusour savior halllejuah amennn

  2. Bishop Prince,

    It is with a humbled heart, that I say thank you so much for linking back to my blog. It is very much appreciated! 🙂 May God bless you!


  3. You make a very valid point Bishop Prince – many of today’s preachers are not preaching God’s unaltered word but rather that which ‘itches’ the ear. Jesus never promised an easy ride, or earthly riches, in fact he told the disciples that the poor would be with us always. He stressed the importance of placing value on the things above not on this temporary dwelling place.

    Still, those who would hear the truth must not be taken by surprise by these false prophets; it is as Jesus prophesied. Rather we should contend for the faith more earnestly and be sure that we spread the truth all while *living* the truth everyday.

    Be blessed and ‘keep looking up’.

    Ma Chris

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