For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison,
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.
After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.
For His anger is but for a moment,
His favor is for a lifetime;
Weeping may last for the night,
But a shout of joy comes in the morning.
And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance;
After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, saying,
“Do not fear, Abram,
I am a shield to you;
Your reward shall be very great.”
How great is Your goodness,
Which You have stored up for those who fear You,
Which You have wrought for those who take refuge in You,
Before the sons of men!
With Your counsel You will guide me,
And afterward receive me to glory.
Before I was afflicted I went astray,
But now I keep Your word.
It is good for me that I was afflicted,
That I may learn Your statutes.
“In an outburst of anger
I hid My face from you for a moment,
But with everlasting lovingkindness I will have compassion on you,”
Says the Lord your Redeemer.
For from days of old they have not heard or perceived by ear,
Nor has the eye seen a God besides You,
Who acts in behalf of the one who waits for Him.
Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Be glad in that day and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven. For in the same way their fathers used to treat the prophets.
except that the Holy Spirit solemnly testifies to me in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions await me.
to those who by perseverance in doing good seek for glory and honor and immortality, eternal life;
who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us.
But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us.
but just as it is written,
“Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard,
And which have not entered the heart of man,
All that God has prepared for those who love Him.”
But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.
Are they servants of Christ?—I speak as if insane—I more so; in far more labors, in far more imprisonments, beaten times without number, often in danger of death.
for I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayers and the provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,
therefore, we ourselves speak proudly of you among the churches of God for your perseverance and faith in the midst of all your persecutions and afflictions which you endure.
For after all it is only just for God to repay with affliction those who afflict you,
For they disciplined us for a short time as seemed best to them, but He disciplines us for our good, so that we may share His holiness.
knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.
Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.
In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials,
The end of all things is near; therefore, be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer.
Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is.
Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy,