Listen to today’s devo!

For it is commendable if someone bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because they are conscious of God. (1 Peter 2:19)

It’s not all roses once you accept Christ as your Lord and personal Savior. In fact for me, it seems life got much harder. A mentor once attempted to explain this by telling me that, before I was a Christian, the Enemy did not need to focus on me. I was living in sin just as he desired. However, the moment I accepted Christ, the Enemy lost my soul. And now, he fights against me to try and get it back. What’s more, he fights against me to try and keep me from inviting others to join me. Thus, the battle is harder now, but well worth the fight.

Peter reminds Christians that suffering for the sake of Christ is worth it. Christ suffered for each one unjustly, and if we are to follow his example, then it might require us to suffer for him unjustly. Yet, the suffering endured will not be in vain; it will not be lost in the eyes of God. He sees all we are going through and will show favor, because of our endurance.

God’s strength is made perfect in our weakness. When we are walking through difficult circumstances, it can feel overwhelming. However, if we lean into the power of the Holy Spirit, he will carry us, and we can have peace in our pain.

Choose to live in peace despite your circumstances.

Tara Klein is a Wesley Seminary [IN] graduate who enjoys relaxing with her family, serving others, and sharing God’s unconditional love with the lost and broken-hearted.

© 2023 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission. Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.