Discovering Joy in Suffering

Imagine suffering, not as an affliction to avoid, but an experience to receive joyfully, even desire. It goes against every human instinct. Yet that’s the attitude of the apostles.   James urged believers to consider trials as “pure joy.”  Peter bid a beleaguered Christian community to rejoice that they can “participate in the sufferings of Christ.” To another group, Paul disclosed his desire to know “the fellowship of sharing in Christ’s suffering, becoming like him in his death.” 

Discovering Joy in Suffering

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