To each one it is given to suffer a measure known only by Christ;[1] and this is the cross he is to take up and embrace,[2] rejoice in,[3] fear not,[4] and defeat,[5] in the strength of Christ,[6] and thereby show forth his true self,[7] find favor,[8] receive honorable reward in the Lord,[9] and so earn a name, to be given by Him in the Day of Judgement.[10]


[1] ROM 8:17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him. JOH 21:19 (This he said to show by what kind of death he was to glorify God.) And after saying this he said to him, “Follow me.” ACT 9:16 “For I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name.” 20:23 except that the Holy Spirit testifies to me in every city that imprisonment and afflictions await me.[2] MAT 16:24 Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” MAT 10:38 And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.[3] COL 1:24 Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church, ROM 5:3 Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

[4] MAT 10:28 And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. JER 42:11 o not fear the king of Babylon, of whom you are afraid. Do not fear him, declares the LORD, for I am with you, to save you and to deliver you from his hand.

[5] ROM 8:35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.

[6] PHI 4:13 BLB I have strength for all things in the One strengthening me. 1TIM 1:12 I thank him who has given me strength, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he judged me faithful, appointing me to his service EPH 6:10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 1 COR 16:13 Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.

[7] 1PET 1:6 In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials 7 so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

[8] 1 PET 2:19 For this is a gracious thing, when, mindful of God, one endures sorrows while suffering unjustly. 1 PET 3:17 For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil.

[9] JAM 1:12 Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.

[10] REV 2:17 To the one who conquers I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, with a new name written on the stone that no one knows except the one who receives it.