Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I do my share on behalf of His body, which is the church, in filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions.
And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance;
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,
Great is my confidence in you; great is my boasting on your behalf. I am filled with comfort; I am overflowing with joy in all our affliction.
that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death;
He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything.
“Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me.
So they went on their way from the presence of the Council, rejoicing that they had been considered worthy to suffer shame for His name.
For just as the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Christ.
we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing;
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.
which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.
For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles—
Therefore I ask you not to lose heart at my tribulations on your behalf, for they are your glory.
But even if I am being poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I rejoice and share my joy with you all.
for which I suffer hardship even to imprisonment as a criminal; but the word of God is not imprisoned.
Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials,