bundled into the reliable lifetime of discipleship. Indeed, within the list he offers us here, alongside afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, and imprisonments, he additionally lists purity, expertise, persistence, kindness, holiness of spirit and precise love.


What I feel Paul is getting at here is that a faithful lifestyles would not continually have got to be particularly painful any further than it at all times want be totally beneficial. It simply perpetually tends to be extreme!


I think this commonly summarises St Paul’s view of the Christian lifestyles – it is a life lived to extremes – and the extra i’m going on in lifestyles with Christ, the more i will determine with this.


I consider of the locations the Lord has taken me, even in the last one year or so