Suffering With

Today’s Reflection

COMPASSION means “suffering with.” Since the Christian life flows from the life of Christ, we can expect not only to suffer in our life but also to enter into others’ suffering. Paul’s talk of joy is not a denial of suffering but a witness to suffering from its very center—the cross. Christians who enter the pain of the world most deeply often express Christian living most joyfully.

—Max O. Vincent
Because of This I Rejoice: Reading Philippians During Lent

From page 58 of Because of This I Rejoice: Reading Philippians During Lent by Max O. Vincent. Copyright © 2018 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

When have you been surprised by an unexpected opportunity to witness? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

Make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.
—Philippians 2:2, NRSV

This Week: Rejoice in the Lord always. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section.

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