'For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds by Christ.' ~ 2 Cor. 1:5 Those who live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. (2 Tim. 3:12) With the suffering, they will be equally comforted by the Lord, and find a fellowship with Him they would not know apart from it. They have only to receive. Praying for the persecuted Church, that the comfort of the Lord lifts their heads, strengthens them in the battle, and reveals deeper levels of the loving power of God to sustain.