What does the Bible says about Christian suffering, should a Christian suffer???
Numerous Christians today would prefer not to be related with suffering of any sort, whether it's a body enduring, or monetary requirements or whatever, they belong to enjoyment age in which God Almighty must give everything to them if without a doubt he is genuine and true. They generally put God Almighty under serious scrutiny saying words like if really you are the most high God give this to me, heal my body and free me from any scrape.
As the case may be, many are Ignorant of the fact that suffering work for us an awesome weight of magnificence. Below are some bible verses I have assembled as references about Christian suffering.
So they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His name.
For I will show him how many things he must suffer for My name’s sake.
And if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.
For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
2 CORINTHIANS 1:7
And our hope for you is steadfast, because we know that as you are partakers of the sufferings, so also you will partake of the consolation.
2 CORINTHIANS 11:23
Are they ministers of Christ?—I speak as a fool—I am more: in labors more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequently, in deaths often.
that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death.
2 TIMOTHY 2:10
If we endure, We shall also reign with Him. If we deny Him, He also will deny us.
choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin.
My brethren, take the prophets, who spoke in the name of the Lord, as an example of suffering and patience.
1 PETER 2:20
For what credit is it if, when you are beaten for your faults, you take it patiently? But when you do good and suffer, if you take it patiently, this is commendable before God.
1 PETER 3:14
But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you are blessed. “And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled.
1 PETER 4:16
Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in this matter.
1 PETER 5:10
But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.
Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake.
And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved.
He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.
And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My name’s sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life.
1 CORINTHIANS 4:10
We are fools for Christ’s sake, but you are wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are distinguished, but we are dishonored!
2 CORINTHIANS 4:5
For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves your bondservants for Jesus’ sake.
2 CORINTHIANS 4:11
For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus’ sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.
2 CORINTHIANS 12:10
Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake.
according to the word of God in Luke, "if anybody would come after me, he should deny himself, convey his cross and follow me" (Luke 9:23). The problem with most Church goers is that they have refused to deny themselves, forgetting that Christ did not come to teach about the kingdom of this world.
There is no genuine Christian who won't go through anguish. This are parts of the signs of being a genuine Christian. Truth be told every man alive will experience some kind of suffering at one time or the other, however the distinction is that the individuals who are in Christ learn, get strengthened and are partakers in the cross of Christ and those sufferings will never overpower them, but the individuals who are not in Christ will whine constantly and it most circumstances ends up causing more evil and torment.
Bear in mind that your suffering in Christ will never end in vain, the kingdom of heaven awaits you. God bless!