"Take, my brethren, the prophets, who
have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an
example of suffering affliction, and of
patience." James 5:10.
Is suffering normal for the
Christian? "Marvel not, my brethren,
if the world hate you."
I John 3:13. "If the world
hate you, ye know that it hated me before it
hated you. If ye were of the world,
the world would love his own: but be- cause ye
are not of the world, but I have chosen you out
of the world, therefore the world hateth you."
Christians are subjects in the
kingdom of Christ. The world is the kingdom of
Satan. (Matt. 4:8-9.) Christ and
Satan have been "at war since the
creation". For this reason, Christ's
followers are not always accepted by those of
Satan's kingdom. ...Christ also suffered...,
leaving us an example, that ye should follow his
steps." I Peter 2:21.
Yes, suffering is normal for a Christian.
Christ learned obedience through
suffering. "Christ ... offered up
prayers and supplications with strong crying and
tears unto him that was able to save him from
death,...yet learned he obedience by the things
which he suffered; And being made perfect, he
became the author of eternal salvation unto all
them that obey him." Hebrews
Christ was born sinless, yet He
had to bring His flesh into submission to the
Holy Spirit. His body learned this
obedience through the things He suffered. How
much more shall we, who were born with the
nature of Adam and the temperamental
weaknesses of our parents and grandparents, need
to endure suffering to subdue the flesh's
dominion and strengthen the Spirit of Christ in
God made Jesus, "the captain of their
[our] salvation perfect through sufferings."
Hebrews 2: 10. We must acknowledge
that suffering is necessary for perfection.