Is Suffering, God’s Will?

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Therefore, since Christ has suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same purpose, because he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, so as to live the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for the lusts of men, but for the will of God. 1 Peter 4:1-2

The Bible says I should be prepared to suffer. One of the by-products of suffering in the flesh is that it has a purifying effect. Suffering often leads to a re-evaluation of priorities, driving the Christian to again align his life with the will of God.

How aligned is my life with the will of God right now? Is there anything in character or practice that is offensive or contrary to the Lord Jesus?

God, as I start this day, please purify my life for Your honor and glory. Oh, I dislike suffering. But, I confess to You that what you allow into my life is for my good. Even if evil falls upon me, I know You love me and can cause it to work together for good, because I love You and I am called according to Your will.

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