Without Suffering there is no Glory

You may be experiencing many difficulties right now. We know that the world is going through a crisis and this can cause us to question our faith, what is happening, and why should people suffer.

Everyone suffers at some point …. Either you have, you are, or you will.
Acts 14:22 tells us that it is “through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God”.
That is why God calls us to be ‘strong and very courageous’ throughout scripture. God does not cause the suffering, but He allows it for us to become stronger, it is in trials and suffering we learn how to overcome.
Suffering is not just random or without purpose.

Here are five important biblical truths about suffering every Christian should aim to understand in order to humbly endure the struggles they face in order to grow stronger in our faith:
  1. Suffering is multifaceted … it’s not all the same, and can be experienced in many different ways. The apostle Paul wrote, “We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed” (2 Cor 4:8,9) In these two verses, Paul lists several types of suffering: mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual. Each of these are different ways that we often experience pain and suffering. But in all the suffering, there is victory if we keep our eyes on Jesus.
  2. God gives us community to help us through times of suffering. “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ” (Gal 6:2) The church is meant to be a refuge for those suffering. When one member is hurting, the church applies the bandages; when a member is down, the church encourages; when a member is in need, the church comes alongside to help. So know that you are not alone, and should carry the burden by yourself.
  3. Suffering equips is for ministry and purpose. Paul says again in 2 Cor 1:4, that God “comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” When we go through difficult times and we find strength and healing in Jesus, we are able to minister that grace to others.
  4. Suffering is a Battle ground. Wherever there is suffering, there is a battle — a battle for your soul, your destiny and purpose. The book of Job shows us there can be two ways to respond to suffering: one that curses God because of suffering, or one that praises God, even in the midst of suffering (Job 2:9,10).
  5. Without Suffering there can be no Glory. One clear truth about suffering is that it prepares Christians for more glory. “This light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.” (2 Cor 4:17,18)

May God strengthen and comfort you today, may He surround you with peace, and bless you.
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