For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps (1 Peter 2:21).
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The Christian has been called out of the world by the gospel of Christ (2 Thessalonians 2:14). This call involves a certain lifestyle (Titus 2:11-12). This lifestyle was mapped out by the Christ during His earthly ministry. One of the aspects of this life involves suffering. Fortunately, Jesus has paved the way in suffering. He is our example.
Jesus endured suffering. He was able to endure without any type of retaliation. He was willing to offer forgiveness to His persecutors. His strength in suffering involved His total commitment to His heavenly Father.
Our example, Jesus, is the writing at the top of the writing tablet. If we will follow His example, we can mold ourselves into His image. Follow in His steps!
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