Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners, and those who are ill-treated as if you yourself were suffering. (Hebrews 13:3)
Suffering is a favor that is to be shared with the whole of Christ's Church.
If my hand hurts, I say, "I don't feel well."
Millions of Christians in other countries are suffering. Do you feel the pain too? If they suffer, I, who am part of the same Body, should also feel pain. If we do something for persecuted Christians, we suffer with them.
For example, persecuted Christians always pray for a Bible of their own. Printing Bibles in the free world is very expensive. Those who are prepared to make a financial sacrifice for the printing of these Bibles suffer with those who have none. They work hard to send spiritual food to the people who suffer. When they receive their long-awaited Bible, they shed tears of joy.
Jesus said, "Whatever you do for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me" (Matthew 25:40).
If a Christian is beaten, Christ suffers.
If a Christian is helped, Christ is helped.
If we pray for those who suffer, they will be comforted.
That is the way God works, and we are God's fellow-workers.
Joseph Ton from Romania. Joseph Ton describes a number of spiritual principles of God's faithfulness despite suffering. Edited with permission from the Dutch booklet entitled Lessen in Lijden.