Affection, Child Raising, Child Rearing, Commands, Encouragement, Modeling, Obedience, Parenting, Suffering

CO-SUFFERER

2 TIMOTHY 1:8 

Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord or of me His prisoner, but join with me in suffering for the gospel according to the power of God, 

Everyone wants friends, right? We start choosing friends at a very early age. I have a childhood friend I’ve known my entire life. Other friends are relatively new. But we all want friends. What kind of friend do you want to have? How about the kind of friend Timothy was to Paul? 

The phrase “join with me in suffering” is really one Greek word which literally means “suffer with.” Okay, I don’t really want a friend who asks me to suffer with them, lol. I do want one I can ask to do that with me, though. It goes both ways. If we are willing to ask them to suffer with US, then we have to be willing to suffer with THEM. Are you? 

APPLICATION 

As parents, we have the responsibility to teach our children how to make friends, be a friend and maintain friendships. We even have the power to help choose our children’s friends when they are young. We can easily restrict contact with an undesirable friend, if we choose so.  

But ultimately, your child has to make his/her own friends. We want them to have friends who will stick with them and have their back, right. So, teach your child to do the same. And we teach that by modeling it. Be that kind of friend to someone. Your children will see it and learn. They always learn more from our actions than our words. 

Of all your friends, who can you call on right now if you needed someone to “join you in suffering”? Who do you think may call on you? Those are your real friends. Invest in them. Spend time with them. Jesus calls us to join with Him in suffering for His kingdom. Will you? 

I am thankful You call me to suffer for You, Lord. No one likes to suffer, but when it is for Your cause, it is worth it all. I love You, Jesus. 

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