The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.
Uh oh – there is that word again…suffering.
What does it mean Lord that we share in your suffering?
It means you have to be willing to give up things.
It means you might feel abandoned.
It means the road is not always smooth.
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.
1 John 3:1
Spoiled or favored children are frequently not liked by others. Think of Joseph, Jesus, the Prophets. Richly blessed and often persecuted.