CHARACTER STUDY: PAUL 44

KEY SCRIPTURE: Galatians 6:17 From henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.

 The strength of every establishment, institution or Organisation is how much the members of such a body are ready to sacrifice their life for the Organisation. The inability of Christians to break certain geographical barriers is not because of how strong those barriers or resistances are, but the inability of the Christians to lay their lives down for the sake of the course of Christ.

Apostle Paul says in Galatians 6:17 that “Front henceforth let no man trouble me, for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.”  

Paul, for the course of the Gospel had to suffer so much physical attacks such that his body was filled with scars all over. In Lystra, he was stoned and dragged out of the city, supposing he was dead. The present-day teaching and projection of comfort and pleasure is seriously weakening the impact of the Gospel in our days. The church of God must grow in love for the master, ready to be totally obedient to Him, in everything to win our world for him.

Shall we consider some of the sufferings apostle Paul had to go through so the Gospel would prevail in his time. 2nd Corinthians 11:24-33 ” of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one, thrice I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned thrice I suffered shipwrecks,  a night and a day I have been in the deep ,in journeyings often, in perils of water, in perils of robbers , in perils by my own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren”…..

the list goes on and on. 

You may not be called to go through all these kinds of sufferings apostle Paul suffered, yet the Christian must be ready to suffer in certain ways so that the name of our master would be exalted.  Be mindful of the fact that one of the basic sins and area where men fall short is for them to love themselves. more than their love for God (2nd Timothy 3:1-3). Apostle Peter tells us in 1st Peter 4:1 the following ” for as much as then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind, for he that has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin.” The preparedness to suffer for the master is a way to keep us against sin.

Dear child of God, do not be afraid to stand for the master in persecution or various trying times.

 PRAYER

I pray for a new and fervent love for the master, that would drive Christians to seek to honour the interest of Jesus above self and all personal ambitions.

FURTHER STUDY

2 Timothy 3:1-2 ” This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,”

Romans 8:17 ” And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together”.

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