Suffering is a privilege

Philippians 1:27-30 NIV

Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in one spirit, contending as one man for the faith of the gospel [28] without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you. This is a sign to them that they will be destroyed, but that you will be saved—and that by God. [29] For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for him, [30] since you are going through the same struggle you saw I had, and now hear that I still have.

Seek the perspective that suffering for Jesus is a privilege and not a punishment.

Two painful pressure points: cultural connection and opponents.

There is pressure to be some way first and Christian second.

Our suffering being a Christian is evidence that we are being saved.

Are you an admirer of Jesus or a disciple of Jesus?

In addition to being given the privilege of believing in Jesus, we have been given the privilege of suffering for Jesus. Suffering shouldn’t be a punishment, but a privilege.

Continue to come back to the cross over and over and over again, God will heal you from the damage sin has done.