My soul melts with sorrow; strengthen me according to Your word.
Now to Him who is able to strengthen you by my gospel and by the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery concealed for ages past,
1 Corinthians 1:9
God, who has called you into fellowship with His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful.
2 Corinthians 4:17
For our light and temporary affliction is producing for us an eternal glory that far outweighs our troubles.
1 Thessalonians 2:12
We encouraged you and comforted you as we urged you to walk in a manner worthy of God, who calls you into His kingdom and glory.
2 Thessalonians 2:17
encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good word and deed.
2 Thessalonians 3:3
But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen you and guard you from the evil one.
2 Timothy 2:10
For this reason I endure all things for the sake of the elect, so that they too may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory.
equip you with every good thing to do His will. And may He accomplish in us what is pleasing in His sight through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.
1 Peter 1:6
In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer various trials,
2 Peter 1:3
His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through the knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary
- Comforting assurance that God will finally “perfect” His work of “grace” in them, after they have undergone the necessary previous suffering.
But—Only do you watch and resist the foe: God will perform the rest [Bengel].
of all grace—(Compare 1Pe 4:10). The God to whom as its source all grace is to be referred; who in grace completes what in grace He began. He from the first “called (so the oldest manuscripts read for “us”) unto (with a view to) glory.” He will not let His purpose fall short of completion. If He does so in punishing, much more in grace. The three are fitly conjoined: the call, the glory to which we are called, and the way (suffering); the fourth is the ground of the calling, namely, the grace of God in Christ.
by—Greek, “in.” Christ is He in virtue of whom, and in union with whom, believers are called to glory. The opposite is “in the world” (1Pe 5:9; Joh 16:33).
after that ye have suffered—Join to “called you”: suffering, as a necessary preliminary to glory, was contemplated in God’s calling.
a while—short and inconsiderable, as compared with the glory.
perfect, etc.—The two oldest manuscripts, and Vulgate and Coptic versions, read, “shall perfect (so that there shall be nothing defective in you), stablish, strengthen,” and omit “settle,” literally, “ground,” or “fix on a foundation.” Alford reads it in spite of the oldest manuscripts The authority of the latter I prefer; moreover the climax seems to require rather a verb of completing the work of grace, than, as the Greek means, founding it. The Greek has, “shall HIMSELF perfect you”: though you are called on to watch and resist the foe, God Himself must really do all in and through you. The same God who begins must Himself complete the work. The Greek for “stablish” (so as to be “steadfast in the faith,” 1Pe 5:9) is the same as “strengthen,” Lu 22:32. Peter has in mind Christ’s charge, “When thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.” His exhortation accords with his name Peter, “Thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build My Church.” “Stablish,” so as not to waver. “Strengthen” with might in the inner man by His Spirit, against the foe.
Matthew Henry Commentary
5:10-14 In conclusion, the apostle prays to God for them, as the God of all grace. Perfect implies their progress towards perfection. Stablish imports the curing of our natural lightness and inconstancy. Strengthen has respect to the growth of graces, especially where weakest and lowest. Settle signifies to fix upon a sure foundation, and may refer to Him who is the Foundation and Strength of believers. These expressions show that perseverance and progress in grace are first to be sought after by every Christian. The power of these doctrines on the hearts, and the fruits in the lives, showed who are partakers of the grace of God. The cherishing and increase of Christian love, and of affection one to another, is no matter of empty compliment, but the stamp and badge of Jesus Christ on his followers. Others may have a false peace for a time, and wicked men may wish for it to themselves and to one another; but theirs is a vain hope, and will come to nought. All solid peace is founded on Christ, and flows from him.
This is a real scenario for all believers I believe. At least all those who are working out their sanctification to salvation to eternal glory. Suffering is real. Suffering comes in many forms but I surmise it can be grouped into two main categories. One for doing good and a worse one for doing bad. The good news is that our great God uses both for His glory and our long term good.
No sane person wants to suffer but like pain, it can be healthy as this passage proclaims it cultivates and shall perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle us.
There is good necessary pain and bad pain. Good pain is that when we exercise hard, pray long, practice tough love, instill discipline, and probably a lot more which I am not experienced or understanding of. Bad pain is that of our sin and evilness of the world. The pain of freak accidents, unmitigated disease, and defects is above us and perhaps a third category
Regardless of these two ir three groups, Romans 8:28 reconciles all of it to eternity.
“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.“
We who are disciples of Christ are a work in progress. Peter and the early disciples counted it and honor to suffer as Jesus did. This no doubt is holy suffering. One that leads to goodness and has a peaceful prosperous outcome. We realize what is righteous and that the real ultimate battle is invisible, not of flesh. Yet we live in flesh which is our abode and antagonist. So we suffer and fight both knowing deep down that God is for us, not against us. Our testing shall give us rise as we persevere and overcome chiefly by His love and grace.
This passage tells us after a while we will grow stronger and the sanctification process shall perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.
We must trust and obey for there is no other way.
LORD Jesus, who are awesome by setting the perfect example. Help us to rise and shine while overcoming. May my suffering be worthy and quick as possible. Empower me by Your Holy Spirit and watch over me closely dear Lord.