Father we thank You for the beautiful example of the Lord Jesus Christ, who Himself learned obedience through the things that He suffered, and in Whom we see the perfect example of a Man Whose suffering and death brought great glory to the Father and salvation to a lost and dying world. Thank You that Jesus chose to willingly face intense suffering and persecutions in His life, so that by His sacrificial death on the cross, He might pay the ransom price for sin.
Help me to learn the lessons of suffering that are so evident in the life of the Lord Jesus – Who though He knew no sin, was willing to suffer for the greater glory of God and for the benefit of so many others. Thank You for opening my understanding to the fact that although suffering for righteousness sake may be difficult to bear in the short tem, yet God in His grace and wisdom will use it for His glory and for our eternal benefit. May I be found obedient and faithful in the things that I may have to suffer for righteousness sake, and may I suffer in this life, be to the glory of God the Father and for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ Who suffered and died for me so that I too may live eternally – in His name I pray,