Therefore, we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. – 2 Corinthians 4:16
Speaking generally, Christians in the developed world have very little sense of what it means to suffer for Christ’s sake. We complain if the worship services are too early, too late, too warm, too cold, too long, too contemporary, too traditional, the list goes on and on. Suffering for Christ is a foreign concept, and truly foreign experience, for most.
The Apostle Paul and his contemporaries endured numerous afflictions and though he mentioned them, he never whined about them (at least in his letters). In fact, he rejoiced because these afflictions produced a more Christlike spirit. With every pound of flesh removed by trial, Paul added spiritual weight to his life.
In affliction, we should find a path to spiritual renewal, not fleshly complaining. God has made the grace to endure available. May we appropriate this grace to truly transform for Christ’s glory.
The best way out is always through. – Robert Frost