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Tell Me Something Good: Good News When You’re Suffering: Colossians 1:24-29

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When Christ is in me…

1) I CAN STAY JOYFUL WHEN I’M HURTING

Now I rejoice in my sufferings for you, and I am completing in my flesh what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for his body, that is, the church.
Colossians 1:24 (CSB)

Three Reasons to Rejoice in Suffering

A. WHEN YOU SUFFER, JESUS SUFFERS. 

As he traveled and was nearing Damascus, a light from heaven suddenly flashed around him. Falling to the ground, he heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?”
Acts 9:3-4 (CSB)

B. WHEN YOU SUFFER THERE IS A PURPOSE

But the Lord said to him, “Go, for this man is my chosen instrument to take my name to Gentiles, kings, and Israelites. 16 I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.”
Acts 9:15-16 (CSB)

C. WHEN YOU SUFFER YOU MATURE SPIRITUALLY

…so that we may present everyone mature in Christ.
Colossians 1:28 (CSB)

And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.
1 Peter 5:10 (CSB)

2) I CAN STAY PURPOSEFUL WHEN I’M STRUGGLING

I have become its minister, according to God’s administration that was given to me for you, to make God’s message fully known…
Colossians 1:25 (CSB)

The mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to his saints. God wanted to make known among the Gentiles the glorious wealth of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
Colossians 1:26-27 (CSB)

We proclaim him, warning and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone mature in Christ.
Colossians 1:28 (CSB)

3) I CAN STAY STRONG WHEN I’M AGONIZING  

To this end I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me.
Colossians 1:29 (NIV)