“Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.”
knowing that the same sufferings
No Christian suffers alone. Suffering is the universal mark of all true Christians.
The root idea of “experienced” is to cause to happen with the purpose of an end result. God has a purpose for what happens to us. No matter what may happen to us, the believer is to recognize what God is doing in us and all other Christians.
by your brotherhood in the world
Fellow Christians in other places throughout the world go through the same things we do.
“No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it” (1 Corinthians 10:13).
Misery likes company. We gain courage when we realize that the devil puts all of God’s people through similar circumstances.
God does not ask us to suffer any more than He asks of other believers anywhere else in the world.
When we realize that other Christians suffer in different places, this encourages us to move on in the faith. This idea also unites us in the same experiences.
We can handle anything that life may bring us if we know the principles of the Word.
A rock develops into a gem under tremendous pressure and friction.
A smooth sea never made a skillful sailor. A believer stagnates in still waters.
The real test in golf is not keeping out of the rough but getting out of it after we get in.