“Joy in Suffering.” By: Melodie Rose Jordan. 

There’s that word I’m using again: suffering. I know I am probably making someone’s face cringe and heart rate quicken, but it’s so important in living for Christ is we’re called to suffer for Him as well. Jesus willingly took our painful ransom so we all could have unity with Heaven once again. But, why should we suffer if Jesus already has? Today, we will be studying Philippians Chapter One. Paul wrote this letter while in chains in Philippi, as a warm and loving thank you to those who are spreading the gospel of Jesus (now linking back to us). 

Paul’s purpose in writing this letter was to show the Philippians that even though he was imprisoned for sharing about Jesus, he still chose to seek the joy in it. Paul also counseled about those who are speaking about Jesus through rivalry and self righteousness, instead of humility and unity. Here are three key points to take from this chapter. 

We are in community, not incongruity: “I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding.” ‭‭Philippians‬ ‭1:9‬ ‭NLT

This verse is so important because Paul is stating one main factor of believing in Jesus: constantly in communion with others, not isolation. We attend church to praise, give, and pray for each other. We invite our girls over to have some Jesus filling memories and to grow with one another. We seek out spiritual counsel when we are at the short end of our faith. If we only confide with God in our quiet time, and then go out into the world with a blank expression, how are people supposed to know that the powerful God is living inside our very hearts?! 

Living a bold life, not an ashamed life for Christ: “And because of my imprisonment, most of the believers here have gained confidence and boldly speak God’s message without fear.” ‭‭Philippians‬ ‭1:14‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Paul is literally in chains at this moment, expressing his joy for his slavement for Christ. What a bold statement! I want that so badly! Paul is encouraging us here that if he can fid faith, joy, and contement in Christ, even though he knows he is going to be imprisoned and eventually killed for the cause of Christ, we should feel encouraged to the same! This life is temporary! No relationship, no occupation, not one thing will satisfy our hearts the way God can. He has promised us eternal life through Jesus Christ. That makes me want to venture out into the streets and proclaiming His love to every being I pass by! It is something I never want to live without! 

Our suffering is His glory: “We are in this struggle together. You have seen my struggle in the past, and you know that I am still in the midst of it.” Philippians‬ ‭1:30‬ ‭NLT‬‬

My beautiful friends, we are suffering together. We are slaves of righteousness together. We are all bound in God’s forgiveness together. We no longer need to fear the feelings of loneliness or rejection. We are all apart of the body of Christ. When one falls, we all help pick them back up. When one is weak, we all pray that God will strengthen them again. I hope this has encouraged you today! God bless! ❤🌈

“Is This Suffering Worth It?” By: Melodie Rose Jordan.

Suffering is a word we all try to stay away from. Just pronouncing the word makes my insides shutter…suffering literally means to go through anguish for a long period of time without any stop. I have suffered from many things: depression, my medical condition, losing friendships. Lately, I have been suffering from myself. What do I mean by that? I have been fighting a battle between on how I should express my feelings, and choosing to have a Godly mindset. It’s been a struggle to put away my “needy” emotions, especially at my job or any public place.

I am a defensive person. When I am accused of something I know I did not commit, my tensions flare and my first initial reaction is to fight back, verbal tense. I feel all good inside knowing I got my way and that I was able to put down the person who did me wrong. Last night, God convicted me of this kind of behavior. God looked at my actions with disappointment. Man…I do not know about you, but having God disappointed in me, stings more than any sharp needle in the world. 

I read out of 1 Peter and this verse is what brought down my pride 100%: “Of course, you get no credit for being patient if you are beaten for doing wrong. But if you suffer for doing good and endure it patiently, God is pleased with you.” ‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭2:20‬ ‭NLT‬‬

I am just going to be honest here, when I first read this verse,  it confused me. God wants me to be patient when I am suffering? How in the world am I supposed to do that? It’s not fair! How can I just stand by and let someone walk all over me when I know I am right?! 

Well…Jesus did it. Remember? When Jesus let Judas grab the guards and priests to arrest Him. When Jesus stood in front of that crowd and Pilate withdrew a murderer back into civilization, as Jesus was being taunted and the crowd yelled, “Crucify Him!” When Jesus was hanging on the cross, and the Roman Guards still needed to make hateful remarks towards Him, as he was bleeding and broken. Jesus endured and remained patient. 

“Unjust suffering is precious to God because that is how Christ suffered, and when believers endure unjust treatment with patience and tolerance, they are sharing in his suffering. No one in the flesh wants to suffer unjustly. But when they desire to follow in the steps of Christ and find favor with God, they can endure and discover in the process a closer relationship to our Savior.” (Holy Bible Devotion) 

I love this verse now because it gives me hope. Whenever I am in a tough situation, and it takes all of my energy to bite my tongue and not react angrily, I will remember Jesus every time. His perfect character, is within us, thanks to His Holy Spirit. We never have to face hardships or suffering alone. Every day we will be nailed to our crosses, but we have the power and mindset to endure and win every time, just as Jesus did.  

“For God called you to do good, even if it means suffering, just as Christ suffered for you. He is your example, and you must follow in his steps.” ‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭2:21‬ ‭NLT‬‬