Be patient in affliction

There it is, Romans 12:12. One of the 3 instructions in this short verse. But so deeply challenging.

Paul doesn’t doubt it. It’s a given. Suffering is coming. So hold on, don’t back away under the trial, endure, bear with it a bit longer. Your positive approach to people, loving them with sincerity will not produce a perfect world for you. We are all sinners and capable of hurting anyone but further to this we all arty many difficulties with health and other seemingly impossible situations.

Jesus said we will have trouble in this world. But to take heart because he has overcome the world.

Today, you carry the name above all other names, even if you are not called Joshua.

The Apostle Paul tells us, “We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body”. 2 Corinthians 4:10

A Saviour is one who intervenes, who steps in and rescues from either physical or spiritual suffering. We carry His name and His presence in our lives today. We may not have done much in our lives but He has done it all!

Believe that your Saviour can rescue you from your enemy’s hands: “My times are in your hands; deliver me from my enemies” Psalm 31:15

So in whatever affliction you are experiencing stay where you are today. There is in the suffering a hidden mystery. It is Jesus Himself. The impatient miss Him. They want it over with. They want to move on and move out. And in doing so they miss the fellowship of Jesus in the sufferings.

Being patient doesn’t mean you do nothing. It is not limbo. You are not wasting any time. You are active.

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