Ecclesiastes 7:14 – In the day of prosperity be joyful, and in the day of adversity consider: God has made the one as well as the other, so that man may not find out anything that will be after him. We have adversity in every aspect of life; family, personal, business, and church. No human being will escape adversity. But, everyone can overcome adversity, which that too, is a gift from God.
We can Trust, we can have Faith, we can have Hope, and we can have Love. It says in John 14:27 – Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
Romans 5:3-5 – More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
Luke 14:27 – Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.
Jesus told his Apostles, if they were to “follow Him,” then they would suffer as He did; even telling Peter that he would die on the cross. Peter, not wanting to die…exactly as Jesus did, asked to be crucified “up-side-down.”
If we do as Jesus did… on the eve of His Crucifixion…He prayed, not only for Himself, but for His disciples and for us: as told to us in Luke 22:41-42 – “As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth.
And again in John 17-18-21 – “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.”