Grace and suffering

Grace – as described by the Apostle Paul

I read this interesting article on Grace, based on the apostle Paul’s writings, the nature of God’s grace is often misunderstood. (Interview on Grace). Any comments on this article?

Whenever, we talk about grace, we should also remember that suffering is also part of our daily walk with Jesus. In Philippians 3:10-11, we read: “I want to know Christ – yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.”

The late Selwyn Hughes, wrote this in today’s study, taken from the CWR publication: Every Day with Jesus: “The resurrection did not cancel out the cross, so that Jesus did all the dying, while we do all the triumphing, No! By raising Jesus from the dead God endorsed the whole self-giving, servant lifestyle that had taken Him to the cross.

So, if we enjoy the power of His resurrection working in us – and by the Spirit we certainly do – then we must realise it is intended to empower us to enter into the fellowship of His sufferings in the real world, to carry the pain of rejection as He carried it, to bear scorn as He bore it. Nothing could be more relevant in today’s Church.

I think the concept of suffering for one’s faith in Jesus – is poorly understood in many western countries – perhaps, because there are some Christians who only follow a watered-down, socially acceptable version of Jesus’ teaching – where there is little risk of criticism or condemnation from friends or social community.

Your view?