Ezra 10:1-44; 1 Corinthians 6:1-20; Psalm 31:9-18; Proverbs 21:3
“IF I refuse to allow one who is dear to
me to suffer for the sake of Christ,
if I do not see such suffering as the
greatest honor that can be
offered to any follower of the
then I know nothing of Calvary love.”
Lord God Heavenly Father, we tend to view suffering as something to avoid at all costs. But what it costs us is an opportunity to grow into your likeness. Help us to be clear eyed and true when we see our brothers and sisters–or ourselves–facing hardship, suffering. May we be faithful prayer warriors on their behalf, trusting that you are with them. We thank you for your suffering on our behalf which opened the door to our salvation. May we be found faithful and loving and kind–even in the midst of suffering. For Jesus’ sake, Amen.