Patient in Affliction

“Be joyful in hope,
patient in affliction,
faithful in prayer.”
Romans 12:12

When the Apostle Paul wrote to the Romans admonishing them to the patient in affliction, he could not have dreamed of an “affliction” that an 8-year-old boy in the third millennium could endure. Today my David-Boy showed patience in affliction: he dutifully put on a shirt and tie and accompanied his family to a photo studio to have his picture taken.

I took advantage of being with the family this weekend and asked to have a picture taken with each of my grandchildren. It broke my heart to see what a brave face David was putting on. But he smiled, and now I have a proud picture of me and my loving grandson. (Of course, I have proud pictures with the girls, too. But for them it was not an “affliction.”)

There are more pressing afflictions in life than to put on your Sunday-best and have your picture taken. But you can start early learning to endure. I’m impressed at David how he is learning the Word of God. He can recite the 66 Bible books by memory. We read several Bible passages together last night, and before I even got to the happenings he told me what it was. We have a wonderful promise in Proverbs 22:6.

Train a child in the way he should go,
and when he is old he will not turn from it.

To complete the three parts of Romans 12:12, let me give you today some encouragement on being patient in affliction. (I have previously written ABC’s on the other two parts. You can find them under the categories of ABC’s.) If you want a PDF file, click here: ABC’s for Patience in Affliction

 ABC’s for Patience in Affliction

ABUNDANCE of mercy, peace and love be yours (Jude 2)
You are BLESSED when you persevere under trial (James 1:12)
God COMFORTS you in all your troubles, so that you can comfort others (2 Cor 1:4)
Let God make you glad with this DEEDS (Psalm 92:4)
ENDURE hardship like a good soldier of Christ Jesus (2 Tim 2:3)
FIX your eyes on Jesus (Heb 12:2)
GOD’S GRACE is sufficient for you (2 Cor 12:9)
HARDSHIPS are a part of the Christian life (Acts 14:22)
God does not IGNORE the cry of the afflicted (Psalm 9:12)
JOY and gladness can overtake you in the midst of trials (Isaiah 51:11)
The Lord will KEEP you from harm (Psalm 121:7)
Perseverance will help you be mature and complete, not LACKING anything (James 1:4)
The Lord your God is with you, he is MIGHTY to save (Zeph 3:17)
NOTHING is too hard for the Lord (Jer 32:17)
Jesus learned OBEDIENCE from what he suffered (Heb 5:8)
Everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be PERSECUTED (2 Tim 3:12)
Wait QUIETLY for the salvation of the Lord (Lam 3:26)
REJOICE in your sufferings (Rom 5:3)
SUFFERING for the sake of Christ is a privilege (Phil 1:29)
THE TESTING of your faith develops perseverance (James 1:3)
Ask God to give you an UNDIVIDED heart (Ps 86:11)
God gives you the VICTORY (1 Cor 15:57)
You can be counted WORTHY of suffering disgrace for the Name (Acts 5:41)
In everything set an eXAMPLE (Titus 2:7)
Take Jesus’ YOKE upon you and learn from him to be gentle and humble (Matt 11:29)
Never be lacking in ZEAL (Rom 12:11)

“Our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us” (Rom 8:18).


About kelund

My name is Kerstin Anderas-Lundquist. I was born in Sweden to Per & Brita Anderas, on March 6, 1946. In 1948 we left to begin a missionary life in Chile; in 1956 we moved on to Peru. On May 1, 1969 I married an all-Swedish guy from Karslkrona: Bengt Göran Emanuel Lundquist. God blessed us with two daughters: Eva-Marie Elizabeth and Ruth Carina. We served as missionaries in Peru and Bolivia. In 1988 we moved to the United States to work at Life Publishers in Miami, Florida. I was to assist in developing the line of Sunday School Curriculm in Spanish known as Vida Nueva. I live in Springfield, Missouri, and am retired from work at the Assemblies of God Headquarters. My husband and daughter Eva-Marie have been promoted to Heaven. Carina is married to Thom Cole and they have given me four gourgeous grandchildren, even five (teen-age John). I will be writing about my life, past and present, blended with visions for the future. My deepest desire is to spread the “seed of love”–inspiration to serve God and our neighbors with love and compassion.
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