Joy and Suffering

Thursday – The New Testament
Acts 5—6

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Though the death of Ananias and Sapphira did not come as violently as did the idolaters in Monday’s reading from Ezekiel, it came as swiftly. Do not lie to God!

Water and oil do not mix; but joy and suffering can. Be aware of this blending in today’s reading.

How do you suffer? Is it with anger and complaints as a victim asking, “Why is this happening to me?” Give a name to the suffering and let this name turn into the name of Jesus. Offer your pain and suffering for others who do not have the faith that gives meaning to their pain. The joy of the Lord is your strength, making sense out of your suffering, which brings power in intercession for others.

The Reading for Today
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What are these?
You working signs and wonders 5:12
Lord, obeying only You 5:29
Joy to suffer for Your name 5:41
Stephen’s face like an angel’s 6:15

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2 thoughts on “Joy and Suffering

  1. Stephen is filled with the Spirit, radiating light and beauty from deep within. His mood and disposition are not changed by what is coming against him. Acts 6:15

    “Little children, you are from God, and have conquered them; for the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” 1 John 4:4

    May awareness of the same Spirit who dwells within you and me give us the joy and love of Stephen–with faces like angels.

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  2. “Look! The men you put in jail are standing in the temple courts teaching the people.” Acts 5:25

    God delivered the disciples from jail so that they could simply return and do what they were called to do. When feeling hemmed in by others’ controls of you, just quietly return to your call in life with complete freedom.

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