Devotion for the Third Sunday in Lent

Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. But let none of you suffer as a murderer or a thief or an evildoer or as a meddler. Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name. ~ 1 Peter 4:12-16

Fiery trials, insults, suffering. Not only must we expect them, but also we should welcome them. We should rejoice to share the sufferings of our Lord. If we really consider what Jesus suffered for us—He took the punishment we deserved and He didn’t—we will consider the sufferings of this world to be minor.

Almighty God, open my eyes and heart to the glory that You have for me and all believers. Let me see the blessing in the suffering and rejoice that I am considered worthy to suffer for Christ. In His name I pray. Amen.

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