If any man suffer as a
Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this
Sickness and discomfort
of any sort, incurred by our energy in the service of the Truth, are
permitted by our Father as evidences of our fidelity and love;
because if not liable to such tribulations, or if relieved of them
instantly by a miracle, the Lord’s service would cost us no
sacrifice and the test of our willingness to endure for the Truth’s
sake would be wanting. As it is, however, every ache or pain or
wound of person or of feelings, and beheading socially or literally
for the Truth’s sake, becomes a witness of the Spirit,
testifying to our faithfulness. And in all such tribulations we
should rejoice greatly as say our Lord and the Apostle
passages: Matt. 5:10-12; Rom. 8:35, 36; 1.Cor. 15:31,32; 2.Cor.
1:5,9; 12:10; Gal. 2:20; 6:17; Phil. 1:29; 3:10; Heb. 10:32-34; Jas.
1:2,12; 1.Pet. 1:6,7; 2:19-24; 4:12-14;