Rejoice in the Lord always; again, I will say Rejoice.
This morning, I was rejoicing for suffering. The little bit of suffering I have tasted and come face to face with gives me a taste of Jesus’ suffering on the cross. I rejoice! I want and pray for a deeper understanding of what Jesus did for me on the cross. I want to know the extent that He loves me. Through suffering, I gain that, and I can share in Christ’s suffering on the cross through suffering and loss. That to me gives me cause to Rejoice!
“To be a follower of the Crucified means, sooner or later, a personal encounter with the cross. And the cross always entails loss.” -Elisabeth Elliot
I read an excellent article yesterday, titled Easter gives our suffering victory and significance. I was amazed by the words of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, “Thus those who merely hate tribulation, renunciation, distress, defamation, imprisonment in their own lives, no matter how grandiosely they may otherwise speak about the cross, these people in reality hate the cross of Jesus and have not found peace with God. But those who love the cross of Jesus Christ, those who have genuinely found peace in it, now begin to love even the tribulations in their lives, and ultimately will be able to say with scripture, ‘We also boast in our sufferings.’”