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Monday, January 18, 2010

Suffering For Doing Good






"Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good?
But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed.
'Do not fear what they fear; do not be frightened.'
But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord.
Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who
ask you to give the reason for the hope that you have.
But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clean
conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against
your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.
It is better, if it is God's will, to suffer for doing good
than for doing evil."

2Peter 3: 13-17



The Lord warned His followers before He was sentenced, died and went up to heaven . He warned His followers with these words, "in this world you will have trouble. But take heart for I have overcome the world " (John 6:33). Those who will follow Christ will suffer persecutions from unbelievers and even from self righteous believers. But we must have courage, for Christ's victory over all His adversaries, even His death on the cross, is also shared by all who believe in Him. Christ strength is our strength; His holiness and righteousness is our holiness and righteousness (they were imputed upon us when we accepted Him as our Lord and savior). In fact, He set no limit to what we can achieve by the power of His name. This is guaranteed in His promise that, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" (Philippians 4:13). If we suffer for doing good, we should not be discouraged for the Lord will vindicate us in the end. Remember Joseph in Genesis, he suffered all kinds of trials and was even jailed for doing what was righteous in his eyes and God vindicated him in the end. Remember, "All things work together for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose" (Romans 8:28).



Children's Song - God Is So Good



To The Ends Of The Earth - Hillsong




Tags: God, Jesus Christ, Holy Spirit, Suffering For Christ, Martyrs, Blessed, Do Not Fear, Clear Conscience, Good Behavior, Troubles, Overcome, Persecutions, Unbelievers, Self Righteous Believers, Vindicated, To The Ends Of The Earth, Hillsong, Gospel, Word of God, Holy Bible


Posted by: Mel Avila Alarilla
Philippines
Gospel/Word of God/Holy Bible

6 comments:

shydub said...

Napapansin ko nga kung sino yong mabait yun masyado ang sinasaktan and maraming nag titake advantage sa kabaitan ng tao. Thanks for the post Sir. Mel nasa isip ko lng gusto ko mashare hindi ko ma put into sentence hehehehehe. Take care and Godbless

Priya Joyce said...

God always gives a greater share of the sufferings to the upright..it's always said tat he puts only those to test who he loves more...
tats what I think wen I hav problems ..somehow tat makes me happy tat I am dear to God..


ps:) tat poem wsn't by me..tats y i used quotes :P

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Shy,
Dalawa kasi ang pananaw sa mundo- yung sa tao na nakikita nang lahat at yung sa Diyos na Siya lamang ang nakakatalos. Hindi importante kung masamain man tayo nang ibang tao maski mabuti ang ating ginagawa kasi sa dulo ay sa Panginoon tayo mahuhukuman at hindi sa harapan nang tao. Ang nabubuhay para sa tao ay nakuha na niya ang gantimpala niya mula sa tao pero ang nabubuhay para sa Diyos ay pagkakalooban Niya nang gantimpala kapag nagkaharap na sila. Ang importante ay hindi tayo gumagawa nang masama sa kapwa at nagiging huwaran tayo nang kabanalan nang Diyos dito sa lupa. Salamat sa dalaw. God bless you all always.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Priya,
God never wants us to suffer unnecessarily. But there are times when we have to pass through the refiner's fire so that all the dross and filth in us will be burned and what will come out will be the purest of gold, ready and able to serve God. That is why I placed a question mark on my statement because I was not sure you authored the poem. Thanks for your visit my sweet young friend. God bless you always.

kathy said...

Hi Kuya Mel! Salamat po sa post na ito. It is something that I could get strength from whenever somebody tries to hurt me with snide remarks. This person constantly attacks me but like you said, we should not God will vindicate me in the end... God is soo good and He knows everything...

Pasensya na po ngayon lng ako nakabsita uli..

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Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Kathy,
We have been set aside by the Lord for His own. That is why we are suffering from persecutions from those who have not accepted Him and whose spirit is at odds with the Holy Spirit in us. That is why Jesus taught us to turn the other cheek and not resist evil. Hindi naman ibig sabihin nun eh magbubulag bulagan na lang tayo kapag me ginagawang masama sa atin o sinisiraan tayo sa iba. Ang kailangan lang eh huwag na huwag tayong gaganti ni magiisip nang masama sa mga taong gumagawa sa atin nang ganoon. Ilagak natin sa Panginoon ang lahat nang ating pasakit at kabigatan at Siya ang magtatanggol sa atin. Kung gagawan natin nang mabuti ang mga taong gumagawa sa atin nang masama ay matatauhan sila at magiisip at mare realize nila na ginagawa natin ang mga iyon dahil sa ating Panginoon. At dahil duon ay natuturuan na natin sila ng landas papunta sa Panginoon at kaligtasan. Kung me paulit ulit na nananakit sa iyo at hindi mo naman kaano ano ay iwasan mo na lang. Me mga tao kasing ang akala nila ay sadyang uto uto tayo. Iwasan na lang natin sila para hindi tayo magkasala dahil sa kanila. Thanks for your visit and meaningful comments. God bless you all always.