The Joy of Being a Criminal

Paul counted it joy to suffer for Christ. It wasn’t pleasant. He was opposed and put through various testings as if he were a criminal.

Why rejoice? Why count it a privelege?

Because he was marked out in a way that set him apart. He was suffering for Christ, not for something he’d actually done wrong.

We haven’t suffered much for Christ in America. Not yet. One day we might though. And will we see it as the badge of honor that it is? Or will we complain because we’ve been made uncomfortable?

Who else would you rather suffer for? Who else died to take away your sins and mine? Who else can give you and me eternal life?

For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake;< Philippians 1:29

But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: Philippians 3:7-9

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.
We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;
Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;
Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.
For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.
So then death worketh in us, but life in you.

2 Corinthians 4:7-12

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