Summary: When we have faith in Jesus, our sufferings increase, but through it all Jesus continues to abide with us and heals us because of his love.

Gospel reading

Scripture: “In all that [the righteous] do, they prosper. ” — Psalm 1:3bS

Scripture: “I have been crucified with Christ” — Galatians 2:19b

Scripture: “Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? … We know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be destroyed,” — Romans 6:3, 6a

Scripture: “But even if you do suffer for doing what is right, you are blessed.” — 1 Peter 3:14a (much of 1 Peter is about suffering as a Christian)

Life Application: Reflect on times you suffered. What were you doing that you felt called by God to do at that point in your life? Did your suffering cause you to stop?