Bearing reproach

 

Jesus spoke many times about suffering reproach and although He suffered it we as His followers who bear His name must suffer at times reproach as well.

Reproach = Expression of disapproval, a disgrace, to discredit as being worthless, to scorn, blameworthy, to reprove.

The definition of reproach sure reads as something any one of us would want to avoid at all costs,but our Lord understands all too well what it feels like to be alienated from His own family or by those He thought to be His friend (Psalm 69:6-10). 6 Let not them that wait on thee, O Lord GOD of hosts, be ashamed for my sake: let not those that seek thee be confounded for my sake, O God of Israel. 7 Because for thy sake I have borne reproach; shame hath covered my face. :8 I am become a stranger unto my brethren, and an alien unto my mother’s children. 9 For the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up; and the reproaches of them that reproached thee are fallen upon me. 10 When I wept, and chastened my soul with fasting, that was to my reproach. (Isaiah 53),(Psalm 69:16-21).

It may not be comfortable to endure,but it is an honor to suffer for Christs sake,and by doing so we are happy Gods spirit rests upon us. We truly can do all things through Christ who strengthens us!(1 Peter 4:12-14). 12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: 13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. 14 If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.

1 Peter 4:1-5

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