“Blessed are you because you suffer.” Wow! …although we hear something like that in church, and it matches what the Bible teaches, it’s still tough to accept.
The supporting Scripture is Luke 6:22
“Blessed are you when people hate you and when they exclude you and revile you and spurn your name as evil, on account of the Son of Man!
Do you feel blessed when you suffer? My guess is that you feel hurt, not fortunate. So how do we, as Christians, rectify these differences?
“Knowing” that I am blessed because Scripture says so, is one thing, but to logically understand it requires further analysis (at least for me, as an engineer). The best way that I can comprehend, resolve, and accept this is to go back to Scripture. Not just the verse that describes me as blessed, but the whole “story” of the Bible. When one considers the full scope of the Bible, and our life (from an eternal perspective), I know that in the end, Christians “win.”
We might have a short time here on earth when we suffer, or endure persecution, but in the grand scheme of things, we ARE accomplishing God’s plan for our life, His Kingdom, and contributing to our future blessings. The time we spend suffering is truly not anywhere comparable to the blessings that are and will be returned for our obedience.
As Romans 8, verse 18 states:
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.