[img]http://www.sermonindex.net/images/myutmost.gif[/img]The Holy Suffering of the SaintLet those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to Him in doing good . . . 1 Peter 4:19Choosing to suffer means that there must be something wrong with you, but choosing Gods will even if it means you will suffer is something very different. No normal, healthy saint ever chooses suffering; he simply chooses Gods will, just as Jesus did, whether it means suffering or not. And no saint should ever dare to interfere with the lesson of suffering being taught in another saints life.The saint who satisfies the heart of Jesus will make other saints strong and mature for God. But the people used to strengthen us are never those who sympathize with us; in fact, we are hindered by those who give us their sympathy, because sympathy only serves to weaken us. No one better understands a saint than the saint who is as close and as intimate with Jesus as possible. If we accept the sympathy of another saint, our spontaneous feeling is, "God is dealing too harshly with me and making my life too difficult." That is why Jesus said that self-pity was of the devil (see Matthew 16:21-23 ). We must be merciful to Gods reputation. It is easy for us to tarnish Gods character because He never argues back; He never tries to defend or vindicate Himself. Beware of thinking that Jesus needed sympathy during His life on earth. He refused the sympathy of people because in His great wisdom He knew that no one on earth understood His purpose (see Matthew 16:23 ). He accepted only the sympathy of His Father and the angels (see Luke 15:10 ).Look at Gods incredible waste of His saints, according to the worlds judgment. God seems to plant His saints in the most useless places. And then we say, "God intends for me to be here because I am so useful to Him." Yet Jesus never measured His life by how or where He was of the greatest use. God places His saints where they will bring the most glory to Him, and we are totally incapable of judging where that may be.more info: http://www.rbc.org/utmost/index.php
_________________SI Moderator - Greg Gordon
Suffering huh? That's not a word I like! I want to hear someone say different. It is however to be expected.. Scripture says that ALL who live godly in Christ Jesus WILL SUFFER persecution. There are many forms of persecution, and God will allow that persecution to continue as long as is necessary for us to learn what He is trying to teach us. So, learn the lesson quickly! Some can take months or even years to learn. Some, for His glory alone.What ever happens, know that we are not alone God is with us. God bless.
It is easy for us to tarnish Gods character because He never argues back; He never tries to defend or vindicate Himself.