Sensible Suffering

Daily Thoughts


Philippians 1:29 “For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him”

The word suffer here is the Greek word paschó meaning to be acted upon in a certain way either good or bad. It’s what we would translate as sensible; having a sensed-experience.

We often find both extremes in preaching: The Prosperity Gospel and The Poverty Gospel. We are not called to strive for suffering, just as we are not called to strive for riches and fortune. Instead, it is God’s will that we would be sensible, in that we would have a sensed experience of whatever God’s will may be, be it trial or blessing.

Philippians 4:12 “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation…”

Just as true blessing is internal; the joy and peace God gives us, I guess true suffering is internal in the same manner; a heavy-heartedness and pressure to persevere. It shows that whatever the circumstance, be it good or bad, God is wanting us to have a sensible experience in that we respond appropriately to what he is doing. Be sensitive to let your spirit lead you into the right response, whether it’s peace & joy or heavy & challenging.

1 Peter 4:1 “Therefore, since Christ suffered [acted upon] in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude”


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