For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake.
Granted – the word used here denotes something given as a gift, given as a favor. So, we have two-fold gift from God. One is to believe in Jesus Christ, His Son. And the other is, to suffer for His sake.
Suffering for the sake of Jesus Christ is not a burden that the Lord has imposed upon us; it is not something that we need to clench our teeth in pain and have to suffer through. It is a gift given to us. It is a favor that God is doing to us. For those who have accepted Jesus Christ as their God and Savior, let us not stop there; let us also accept, with joy, that we are counted worthy to suffer for His sake. For those who have not made up your mind, trust in Jesus Christ. For His yoke is easy and His burden is light.