troubled on every side, yet not distressed:
we are perplexed, but
not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not
destroyed; always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord
Jesus—2. Cor. 4:8-10.
Those who joyfully endure for the Lord’s sake, the Truth’s
sake, the greatest shame, the greatest ignominy, the greatest
trials, the greatest persecutions in this present life, and thus
have experiences most like those of the Master and Pattern, we may
be sure will in proportion to their faithfulness manifested in such
sacrifices have a future great reward—as the Apostle has declared,
“Star differeth from star in glory”.
passages: Acts 9:16; Rom. 8:17,18,23; 1.Cor. 4:12, 13; 2.Cor. 1:
5-7; 4:11-18; 6: 4,5; 11: 23-28; Phil. 1: 29; 2: 27-29; 2.Thes. 1:
4, 5; Jas. 5:10; 1.Peter.