This week is based on the “Struggle of Suffering” sermon from the Saints & Struggles series. We are focusing on how God helps us in the midst of struggles. Slow down, read the text, and then let it read you…
“But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. For it is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.”
1 Peter 3:15-17 (NIV)
Sometimes our greatest pain can be redeemed by God to become our greatest ministry. Our experiences, lessons learned, and empathy gained through suffering are the very things that qualify us to give a reason for the hope that we have. In fact, our hope in the midst of suffering might be the most impactful example of Jesus in our lives. What suffering have you endured? How has it changed you, taught you, and/or grown you? How can you use your suffering to serve others who are suffering?