“Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory” (Romans 8.17 NIV).
The Passion of Christ starts at the Garden of Gethsemane and ends with the death ad burial of Jesus Christ on the Cross. Passion is the Latin word meaning to suffer. Jesus’ Disciples and His other followers tried to either stop Jesus’ suffering or they mourned it because they did not realize the glory that was waiting for Him on the other side. When we patiently endure hardships, rejoicing in firm belief that God has something amazing on the other end of it, we please God and give Him life-material in which to resurrect. As co-heirs with Christ who share in Jesus’ example of endurance, we will also share in His glory, producing blessings to all those around us. We may question God when suffering befalls us, but after our concern has been vented, we can trust in the Word of God. We know that God is good, and He loves us. He will take our suffering and turn it into His Glory. We simply need to patiently endure, and watch God resurrect beauty from our heartache.
“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 NIV).
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