Acts 9: 15 & 16

But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! this man is my chosen instrument to carry my name before the Gentiles and their kings and before the people of Israel.  I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.”

There is no sugar-coating here.  God is telling Saul up front that he will suffer.  The thought of suffering for Christ did not deter him.

Possessing the free gift of salvation, and knowing Jesus Christ gives us everything we need for life and godliness.  (2 Peter 1:3  His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness …} Salvation isn’t a means to a trouble-free life, a life that has no suffering.  Knowing Jesus, having his love, comfort and peace within us is how we travel through times of suffering, never forgetting that this is not our home.  We are on the way home.

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