Our Light Affliction

The apostle Paul suffered greatly for Christ’s sake (Acts 9:16), yet he called it “our light affliction.” (2Co 4:17) What perspective did Paul have that moved him to rejoice in his sufferings?


Paul knew that all temporal suffering is “but for a moment” when compared to eternity, unworthy to even be compared with the glories that will be revealed in us. (Rom 8:18) Christ suffers in and with us in all our tribulations for a glorious purpose, and Paul counted it a privilege to be the medium through which Christ chose to suffer (Col 1:24); there Paul found priceless fellowship with God. (Php 3:10)

God is constantly choosing to suffer fiercely. Though we cannot yet see all the glory He plans for Himself in this, we should count it a fantastic privilege whenever He invites us to join Him. Our only chance to love Christ sacrificially is now, in this life — in Heaven it will be too late. When we see His nail pierced hands and experience the infinite love of God in person, what will we not give for one more moment back down here among His enemies … to show Him what He means to us?

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2 thoughts on “Our Light Affliction”

  1. This blog post is a sequel to an earlier one on sharing all of our moments with God, not only the nice ones but also the difficult ones. The initial post is Every Perfect Gift.

    I am working on a more in depth article to help myself with a deeper, truer perspective in suffering, looking for ways to train my heart and mind to walk with God faithfully in this. Would love your thoughts on how we get there from here.

    Certainly having our hearts Established With Grace is at the root, and being aware of each other’s hearts in community and praying for one another daily to be strong in suffering is essential. (Heb 12:15)

  2. “For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.” (2Co 1:5)

    “According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” (Php 1:20-21)

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