Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Suffering from a different point of view

We don't like suffering.
I would never willingly choose it.
We ask God to keep us away from it or deliver us from it.
Some who tend to add to the Gospel by sticking a word in front of it suggest:
As Christians we should never suffer.
Or we suffer because we sin.
If we stop sinning God will deliver us.

"Since Jesus went through everything you’re going through and more, learn to think like him. Think of your sufferings as a weaning from that old sinful habit of always expecting to get your own way. 2 Then you’ll be able to live out your days free to pursue what God wants instead of being tyrannized by what you want." - 1 Peter 4 v 1 - 2

Although I don't want to say this as I really do not want to suffer.
If suffering helps to bring me closer to God then maybe just maybe suffering can be good for me.

As Jesus did by "Enduring" the suffering of the cross for the great prize that was at the other side.


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