Also to suffer for him.

If we ourselves do not suffer, how can we feel the pain of those who are suffering? How else can we know the pains that others are going through? What good would God’s comfort be to us, if we were to not ever be suffering? If we were not to struggle with sin ourselves, how could we be of any help to those who are now overpowered by sin? If the Lord himself had not delivered us from sin, how could we ever be a witness to others of our deliverance from sin?

God once commanded Hosea to marry a prostitute to illustrate to Hosea the devastating condition of the people of Israel (Hosea 1:2-9). But at the end of the day, the gospel was preached to Hosea in these words: ““Yet the Israelites will be like the sand on the seashore, which cannot be measured or counted. In the place where it was said to them, ‘You are not my people,’ they will be called ‘children of the living God.’” (Hosea 1:10)

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ.” (2 Corinthians 1:3-5)

“And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.” (1 Peter 5:10)

“I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.” (Romans 8:18)

“Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.” (Romans 5:3-4)

Christ is our deliverance:

“The righteous person may have many troubles,
but the Lord delivers him from them all.” (Psalm 34:19)

“For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.” (2 Corinthians 4:17)

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?” (Romans 8:35)

“Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because whoever suffers in the body is done with sin.” (1 Peter 4:1)

“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2)

“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)

“I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death.” (Philippians 3:10)

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