Rejoice and exult in hope; be steadfast and patient in suffering and tribulations; be constant in prayer. –Romans 12:12
As Christians, many of us have the idea that everything in our lives would be perfect simply because we are Christians. But Jesus clearly warned us, .In the world you have tribulation and trails and distress and frustration..(John 16:33)
Jesus said we would have to deal with worldly troubles. These things are a part of life that we must all face when we lay down our selfish desires to follow Him.
The postal Paul wrote, But [like a boxer] I buffet my body [handle it roughly, discipline it by hardships] and subdue it..(1 Corinthians 9:27)
Paul is speaking here about self-discipline. Being self-disciplines means laying down our sinful desire and doing the right thing by God’s grace, no matter what the cost.
It’s not always easy. Dying to self will bring necessary suffering, but remember–even in the face of our suffering, there is hope, for Christ has overcome the world! And like Paul said, we can rejoice and exalt in hope; be steadfast and patient in suffering and tribulation; be constant in prayer.
From the book “Promises for our everyday lives”