TRUTH: How Not to be Discourage in Your Suffering II

This post will be short. If you want to read what I wrote yesterday, click the link below. In the first post TRUTH: How Not to be Discourage in Your Suffering, points of emphasis of how not to be discouraged were shared; however, one and the last statement in verse 13 puts an exclamation mark on it. To me, that phrase shares the WHY we should not be discouraged. It is more in line with the how of Jesus endured the cross scorning its shame that is mentioned in the first post.

Ephesians 3

I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God’s grace given me through the working of his power. Although I am less than the least of all the Lord’s people,this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the boundless riches of Christ,and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things. 10 His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, 11 according to his eternal purpose that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord. 12 In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence. 13 I ask you, therefore, not to be discouraged because of my sufferings for you, which are your glory.

In writing the Ephesians, Paul said that my sufferings “are your glory”. Likewise, our sufferings are other people’s glory. The Greek word for glory is doxa (do’-ksä). According to the Strong’s Expository Dictionary, doxa primarily signifies an opinion, estimate, and hence, the honor resulting from a good opinion. It is used here in the New Testament always a good opinion concerning one, resulting in praise, honour, and glory. It was not only for their glory but all who read the scriptures. While imprisoned, Paul, through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, wrote the books (letters) of Ephesians, Colossians, Philippians, and Philemon. God multiplied the glory of Paul’s suffering to impact not only those whom he wrote at the time but with all who will hear and be impacted by those who heard and acted out of what he wrote. I would be an example of the latter.

This is the TRUTH: How Not to be Discourage in Your Suffering II. Your sufferings will be of great benefit for others if you respond as Jesus and the greats in the faith have – by trusting God in and through it to produce His perfect will in you. TRUST Him and walk through the trial like Jesus and Paul did.

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