Are there any practical benefits to following Christ?
Paul lists three in these verses: peace with God, hope in affliction, a love that’s unconditional.
When Jesus said, “Whoever loses their life for me will find it” (Matthew 16:25), he didn’t mean that our lives would become empty when we made the trade. Paul helps us see some of the wonderful blessings that fill our lives when we make that exchange.
Life is full of peaks and valleys. Christ-followers make it through both the good times and the tough times by clinging to promises such as these that God has made.
Taken from NIV The NIV Journey Bible