Suffering

REVerse Passage:  Hebrews 12:25-13:25 (day four)
As the writer of Hebrews closes his letter, he ends with a series of admonitions…show hospitality, remember the prisoners, demonstrate fidelity, be free from greed, be content, honor those who taught you by faith, guard your doctrine.  He is praying for them to experience sanctification.  After this challenging prospect of instituting all of these character qualities in our lives…only possible by the blood of Jesus Christ…the writer pronounces a blessing upon the listeners.  In verse 20, he writes, “Now the God of peace, who brought up from the dead the great Shepherd of the sheep through the blood of the eternal covenant, even Jesus our Lord, equip you in every good thing to do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight,…”  How does He do that?  How does He accomplish this in our lives?  In 1 Peter 5:10, we get a clue.  “And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.”  God will do it, but suffering may be His tool!  Through suffering, we are blessed.

 

Author: Larry Soape

Larry Soape is the Associate Pastor for Median & Senior Adults, and Missions at FBCSA.

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