If “The nightingale sings best with a thorn against her breast,” why not we?

Love your enemies

Love your enemies

Susan Gilbert Dickinson in a letter to Emily Dickinson(1861)
“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before,  looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.” Hebrews 12:1.
Imagine the song that shall break forth in creation when the fullness of all that has been accomplished through suffering for righteousness sake will be revealed. It won’t be about whining; it will be about the new wine of the kingdom of Jesus — it will be victorious and glorious — a crescendo of joy through suffering.

 

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