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Partakers of His Suffering
By Asher Intrater
If all people were already perfect, there would be no suffering. That is God's ultimate goal (Revelation 21:4). In the meantime, there is much evil in the world. The more one endeavors to be righteous, the more that evil will react against him; and the more he will suffer. Our destiny is to become like Yeshua. As He suffered, so will we.
People tend to hurt one another. As we give ourselves to others in love, there is pain involved. One quality of love is that it must "suffer long" (I Corinthians 13:4). In a mysterious way, we share and partake of the same sufferings that Yeshua felt. He suffered by taking up the pains, sins and dysfunctions of others.
As we serve the people we love, pray for them, lift them up, encourage them, feel their pains, and suffer the rejection of presenting the truth of the gospel, we are extending Yeshua's atoning love from the cross.
It is an exquisite privilege to share intimacy with Yeshua in the place of suffering. It is to share a precious, mutual experience with Him; to feel the pain of God's heart.
There is a place of fellowship and intimacy with Yeshua which only comes from suffering with Him. As it is possible to believe in Him, it is also possible to suffer for His sake (Philippians 1:29).
Yeshua suffered first; then entered glory. To the degree that we share His sufferings, we will also share in His glory (Romans 8:17-18). Suffering for suffering’s sake is not our goal. Rather, we seek to live like Yeshua, taking up our cross daily because of the incredible, eternal joy set before us (Luke 9:23, Hebrews 12:2).
Repent: More or Less?
By Gil Afria
Paradoxically, the less we sin, the more we repent.
This week the popular and charismatic Rabbi Moti Alon was convicted on charges of sexual molestation. This comes a week after two candidates to be Chairman of the Bank of Israel (Frankel and Liderman) withdrew their candidacies after potential corruption allegations. There is a questioning across the country of integrity values concerning both secular and religious leaders.
By Ramez Atallah, Bible Society of Egypt
On July 26, in response to a plea from the Minister of Defense, an estimated 40 million people took to the streets to show their solidarity against the aggressive and disruptive behavior of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB). Remarkably few incidents of violence, petty theft or harassment of women were reported.
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