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Higher Than Our Ways - 08

Updated on December 10, 2012

Suffering.

The very word causes fear and anxiety. Unfortunately, many Christians do not have a proper theology of suffering. We’d like to avoid all suffering and stroll through life without a care. But our sinful world will never deliver on that dream.

Instead, in II Corinthians 1:4, God has revealed to us at least one purpose for suffering. Speaking of God, Paul writes,

“Who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.”

For a Christian, troubles and suffering do serve a divine purpose. When we go through a rough time, we are comforted by God. When our friend or neighbor goes through the same rough time, we can be a comfort to them. We have been equipped by our experience to offer the comfort of God in the rough situation.

We must choose to see our suffering as Jesus sees it, a training and proving ground. This will allow us to see purpose during the rough times. And when the time comes, be ready to comfort as you were comforted.

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    • teacherjoe52 profile image

      teacherjoe52 5 years ago

      Good afternoon Porshadoxus.

      Very true. When we experiance rough times they should be understood as one wat God perpares us to help others.

      God bless you.

    • tlmcgaa70 profile image

      tlmcgaa70 5 years ago from south dakota, usa

      it is a known fact that when the majority of folks who profess to believe in GOD are going through rough times, they cal on HIM to help them, yet when they are going through good times tend to forget HE exists. so i believe suffering is also a way to remind us who our strength and provider is. also, it makes us pray and prayer is how we build and keep our relationship with our Father alive. as well tribulations make us, make our faith, stronger. suffering is beneficial for those who trust in GOD. another great hub. voted up and more

    • shofarcall profile image

      shofarcall 5 years ago

      Amen to that! How wonderful to realise, that even in our suffering, God is equipping us to be of service in His Kingdom to others.

      Thank you for quoting 2 Cor 1:4 and allowing me to remember that "divine purpose". voted up and awesome