However, one of the hallmarks of Jesus' life
was suffering--he suffered on our behalf. So how can we truly be like
him, unless we have suffered too?
Faith knows the power that his coming back to
life gives and what it means to share his suffering (Philippians
God doesn't allow us to suffer just to
experience it. God comforts us when we suffer, so when other people
suffer, we are able to comfort them like God comforted us (2
God promises his children: all
things work together for the good of those who love God---to those
whom he has called according to his plan (Romans 8:28). This verse
reminds us that we can look forward to the new year with grateful
hearts, trusting that God will continue working out his plan in
May it be our prayer to please God with grateful
hearts--in all that we think, say, and do--and receive the abundance
of Christ in eternal measure.
Happy New Year!
Copyright 2015 Sarah Keith