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12:3 sinners against himself. No matter how great may be our trials, they can never compare to those Christ endured for us. All His life He could say: “I am afflicted and ready to die from my youth up” (Psalm 88:15). Forsaken finally even by His own disciples, He was prophesied to say in His grief: “Reproach hath broken my heart” (Psalm 69:20), as He died with His heart completely collapsed on the cross. But now, “forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind” (I Peter 4:1). “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 2:5). May we, like Him, and like Paul, one day be able to say: “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith” (II Timothy 4:7).

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