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I was doing my devotion and read Hebrews 2, and verse 10 struck me as powerful. "For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings."

This Captain of our salvation, I believe, is Jesus and it is significant that He was MADE perfect through sufferings--when He was on earth of course. It's not the first time I've read the verse, but today, it hit me that I murmur and complain when my circumstances aren't what I want them to be. But if I am to overcome the way Jesus overcame, I must be made perfect through my sufferings just the way He was. Is anyone with me on this one?

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Yes. Very good post Monique. Thank you. You know ... it is an honor to suffer for Christ . That is how we should view it. For He suffered far more than I could ever suffer. We serve an awesome God.
Amen. Couldn't agree with you more. Thanks for writing.
gold cannot be GOLD without being tried in fire, thats the way the Lord perfects us also, thank you for that reminder thats why David said in psalm 23 "yea though i walk in the valley of the shadow of death, i will fear no evil, for thou art with me; thy Rod and thy Staff, they comfort me." HAPPY SABBATH
Bless you and thank you very much for the Sabbath wishes. Hope yours in heavenly.
And the same to you. Thanks for responding.
Amen! It's so encouraging to know that being perfected through suffering may not be about punishment, but be about being made perfectly able to understand others and be a tool perfected in God's hand to touch their hearts, or an instrument tuned to their frequency. Wasn't that what was happening with our Saviour?
Lovely to hear you. Thanks a whole bunch.
A SELFISH man in trouble is exceedingly hard to comfort, because the springs of his comfort lie entirely within himself, and when he is sad all his springs are dry.

But a large-hearted man full of Christian generosity has other springs from which to supply himself with comfort beside those which lie within. He can go to his God first of all, and there find abundant help; and he can discover arguments for consolation in things relating to the world at large, to his country, and, above all, to the Church.

David in this Psalm was exceedingly sorrowful. He wrote, «I am like an owl of the desert; I watch, and am as a sparrow alone on the house top.» The only way in which he could comfort himself was in the reflection that God would arise and have mercy upon Zion. Though he was sad, yet Zion should prosper; however low his own estate, yet Zion would arise.

Christian, learn to comfort yourself in God’s gracious dealing toward the Church. That which is so dear to your Master, should it not also be supremely precious to you? Although your path be dark, can you not cheer your heart with the triumphs of His cross and the spread of His truth?

Our own personal troubles are forgotten while we look not only upon what God has done and is doing for Zion, but on the glorious things He will yet do for His Church.

Try this approach, O believer, whenever you are sad of heart and in heaviness of spirit: Forget yourself and your little concerns, and seek the welfare and prosperity of Zion. When you kneel in prayer to God, limit not your petition to the narrow circle of your own life, tried though it be, but send out your longing prayers for the Church’s prosperity.

«Pray for the peace of Jerusalem,» and your own soul shall be refreshed.
Bless you, girl. Thanks for responding.
Yes when things don't go the way you expect them look on the bright side and be positive. How can we be a changed person if we don't go through suffering? These situations make us to look to Jesus and be drawn closer to our loving Father. I've seen God's blessing so many times in my life through my illness as a cardiac patient and I'm thankful to God always for the borrowed life that I now have. Praise God always no matter what the circumstances are for God knows what is best for each of us.
Yes when things don't go the way you expect them look on the bright side and be positive. How can we be a changed person if we don't go through suffering? These situations make us to look to Jesus and be drawn closer to our loving Father. I've seen God's blessing so many times in my life through my illness as a cardiac patient and I'm thankful to God always for the borrowed life that I now have. Praise God always no matter what the circumstances are for God knows what is best for each of us.

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