he Christian who finds himself in trouble for his faith’s sake may draw a lot of consolation from Paul’s epistles to the Corinthians.
Nowhere else in the entire New Testament is the humanity of the great apostle seen so clearly as when he staggers under the cruel attacks of the anti-Paul bloc in the Corinthian church. His sufferings are there the most poignant and nearest to the sufferings of Christ because they are inward and of the soul. For always the soul can suffer as the body cannot.
If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler. First Peter 4:15-16
Always must the suffering Christian make certain that he or she is suffering for Christ’s sake and not because of his or her lack of love, understanding, sensitivity, or because of careless words or living.
Lord, strengthen me to suffer for Your sake and to understand when it is not for Your sake that I suffer.