what was the reason for Christ's suffering and death? To redeem mankind.
And so it is with us. We can only become agents of redemption if we
are willing to embrace suffering in the flesh—choosing to deny self
and accepting death to our own desires
dear friend, if you want to finish strong in your service to the Lord,
then you must make a deliberate decision to arm yourself with a mind
to suffer as Jesus did. It is never easy for our flesh when we choose
to spend time alone in prayer, fast for several days, give up certain
material possessions or perhaps follow the Lord's leading to a difficult
mission field. But it's a choice we make for others.