The Christian kind of suffering is not disaster, poverty and/or disease. Jesus came to heal, deliver and set us free from those kinds of suffering. It is rather satan who attacks us with those things, and we have to take them and be with them, but only for a short while, whilst we wait on God to deliver us from them; but that’s not the kind of suffering that God wants us to endure permanently. Job’s case should be a typical example and a case study. Christianity wants us to be long-suffering with each other.

Our spirit fellowship with one another can be consumed, jeopardized if we get into strife. Walking and living habitually in the Holy Spirit demands laying down the habit of hurting others. Evidently, walking in the flesh would not grant us this luxury because the flesh (our nature) demands to have its own way about everything. The flesh is self-centered and selfish. If we walk in the flesh, we will never act like Jesus Christ.

Hence, the Christian kind of suffering is long-suffering, yielding to others, denying oneself of the desires of the flesh (sexual sin, adultery and fornication, greed, drunkenness, prostitution, etc.). Realize that in order to follow God, the flesh must be told no, and when that happens the flesh suffers.


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