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February 9, 2015

For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake. (Philippians 1:29)

“God will not look you over for medals, degrees and diplomas, but for scars.” – From Unveiling the Missionary World (Cincinnati: God’s Bible School Missionary Prayer Band, 1936).

If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.  If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.  Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his Lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. — Jesus Christ (John 15:18-20)

“For us who work in India there is no quick martyrdom.  And yet no one who goes out in the battlefield and fights our Lord’s enemies is for long without a wound, the kind of wound that heals slowly and leaves a scar.” – Amy Carmichael, Plowed Under: A Young Girl’s Obedience. God’s Ever-Present Grace

Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.  (II Timothy 3:12)

 

Hast thou no scar?

No hidden scar on foot, or side, or hand?

I hear thee sung as mighty in the land;

I hear them hail thy bright, ascendant star.

Hast thou no scar?

 

Hast thou no wound?

Yet I was wounded by the archers; spent,

Leaned Me against a tree to die; and rent

By ravening beasts that compassed Me, I swooned.

Hast thou no wound?

 

No wound?  No scar?

Yet, as the Master shall the servant be,

And pierced are the feet that follow Me.

But thine are whole; can he have followed far

Who hast no wound or scar?

— Amy Carmichael, Hast Thou No Scar?

 

Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.  Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.  – Jesus Christ (Matthew 5:11-12)

If Thou, my Christ, today

Should’st speak to me and say:

What battles hast thou fought for Me?

Show me Thy scars; I fain would see

Love’s depth of victory.

 

If Thou should’st speak, my Christ;

My leader and my King;

And bid me lay my wounds in sight,

The scars borne just for Thee in fight,

What love-scars could I bring?

 

Do I a battle fight:

Do I a stainless shield

Bear where I tread, in sacred trust

Trampling sin’s every birth to dust,

Along the battlefield?

— George Klingle, Do I a Battle Fight?

 

And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.  Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.  (II Corinthians 12:9-10)

“Many spirits are abroad in the world and the credentials they display are splendid gifts of mind, eloquence, and logic.  Christians, look carefully, and ask for the print of the nails.” – Justin Martyr

But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.  Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.  Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.  Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.  Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.  (Philippians 3:7-15)

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