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uring his (Paul's) missionary journeys, he occupied himself "confirming the souls of the disciples, and encouraging them to continue in the faith, in spite of all persecution, reminding them that, they must enter "into the Kingdom of God though many tribulations" (Acts 14:22).
Writing to the Roman Church, he said "---But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering. Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will give us later" (Rom 8:17-18). And he listed those things that may only intimidate us but shall not be able to separate us from the love of Christ. He wrote "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation or distress or persecution or famine, or nakedness or peril or sword? ---- Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities (power of hell) nor powers; nor things present (our fear for today) nor things to come (our worries about tomorrow), nor height nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Rom 8:35-39).
Peter, writing the Christians who were scattered abroad as a result of affliction wrote: "Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to Him in well doing, as to a faithful creator" (1 Peter 4:19).
The Master warned before his departure that "Sin will be rampant everywhere and will cool the love of many. But those enduring to the end shall be saved" (Matt 24:12).
For those whose problems are chronic or nagging (persistent), Peter has these encouraging words "After you have suffered a little while, our God, who is full of kindness through Christ, will give you His eternal glory. He personally will come and pick you up and set you firmly in place and make you stronger than ever" (1 Peter 5:10)
To be continued