The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if only we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him.
St. Paul’s message is such heart-warming news…until we get to that last part about having to suffer with Christ so that we may also be glorified with him. We are God’s beloved children and “heirs of God”! But we usually don’t know this in a deep, intimate way until we go through some form of suffering. Our childhood programs for happiness…the endless attempts to satisfy our egos…must be dismantled so that we come to know that God is at the center of our existence…not our egos. These selfish programs for happiness must die…so that our true selves can emerge. Then we can truly live. In the Christian tradition…this is known as “the way of the cross.” We are each called to follow Christ and respond to persecution, resistance and hatred with love, mercy and forgiveness. We are called to build the kingdom of God…a place of justice and compassion. As we take part in this process…we will begin to experience a joy that one day will blossom into the fullness of glory with God in heaven.
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