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ow do we conduct ourselves during our moment of difficulty (affliction)?
Paul wrote "Always give thanks for everything to our God" (Eph 5:20)
"In everything (No matter what happens), always be thankful; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you" (1 The 5:18).
"Be careful for nothing (Don't worry about anything); but in everything by prayers and supplication: with thanks giving, let your requests be made known unto God" (Phil 4:6).
One difficult thing to do is to give thanks to God during certain afflictions e.g. as of when one loses someone very dear at his/her prime age. One will not even find reasons to thank God. But experience has shown that it helps and it works, once one is able to overcome the dejection, and the unwillingness to pray.
How does the Christian conduct himself when he is afflicted on matters regarding his life style, which does not conform to this world (defence of his faith), or when he is afflicted by unseen forces, principalities and powers?
Let him rejoice. The early apostles departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His Name (Acts. 5:40-41)
"But rejoice, in as much as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when His glory shall be revealed; ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. If ye be reproached for the Name of Christ, happy are ye ----. Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify god in this behalf" (1 Peter 4:13, 14, 16).
To be continued