The Sweet Surprise of Suffering

For to you, it has been granted for Christ’s sake, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake, experiencing the same conflict which you saw in me, and now hear to be in me. -Philippians 1:29-30

 I am not ashamed to confess that I enjoy receiving gifts. As a young child, I eagerly anticipated Christmas Day because I knew there would be plenty of presents with my name on them. All these years later, I still get excited to unwrap presents. It’s not just Christmas, though. I love receiving gifts for my birthday, Father’s Day, anniversary. There is no wrong time to get one! Sometimes I receive a gift I have been waiting for. Other times I am caught off guard, finding myself the recipient of something completely surprising. The expected and the unexpected make the experience a thrill…

SOURCE: The Sweet Surprise of Suffering

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