But what was the reason for Christ's suffering and death? To redeem mankind. And so it is with us. We can only become agents of redemption if we are willing to embrace suffering in the flesh—choosing to deny self and accepting death to our own desires
dear friend, if you want to finish strong in your service to the Lord,
then you must make a deliberate decision to arm yourself with a mind to
suffer as Jesus did. It is never easy for our flesh when we choose to
spend time alone in prayer, fast for several days, give up certain material
possessions or perhaps follow the Lord's leading to a difficult mission
field. But it's a choice we make for others.
Compiled by Thomas George