The Sufferings Are to be Expected

He Hath Said

And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. -Luke 14:27

Our holy Apostle says “The sufferings of Christ abound in us.” Before we buckle on the Christian armour we ought to know what that service is which is expected of us… Jesus Christ himself said, “Count the cost.” He wished to have no disciple who was not prepared to go all the way-“to bear hardness as a good soldier.” I have sometimes heard religion described in such a way that its high coloring displeases me. It is true “her ways are ways of pleasantness;” but it is not true that a Christian never has sorrow or trouble. It is true that light-eyed cheerfulness, and airy-footed love, can go through the world without much depression and tribulation but it is not true that Christianity will shield a man from trouble; nor ought it to…

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