Posted by: Terry | February 17, 2009

More thoughts on living in a painful world

Jesus suffered for us so we would not have to suffer for our sin, yet we still experience pain and trials in this life. We are warned that we will share in the sufferings of Christ.

Jesus suffered on the cross but he also suffered by just living, a righteous man in an unrighteous world. He learned what obedience and pain was like so he could be the comforter and high priest for us.

His suffering benefited others, could it be that what we endure is for the benefit of others as well as for our own good? Is this how we share in his suffering? Does this make sense of it just a bit?

  • When we express peace, hope, and joy in the midst of this evil world we proclaim the glory and power of God to a world that does not know him and has little hope. Our hope may give others hope.
  • The difficulties of life conspire to mold us into Christ’s image and increase our dependence on him.
  • Trials and tribulations reveal what we are made of, clarify our values, and they teach us perseverance.
  • We are able to comfort others who are in distress because of what we have received in our distress; we are God’s presence here on earth.
  • It is not all about me, we are aliens in a hostile world and caught in the middle of a spiritual battle, we are on the winning side, but the battles are tough.

If God ended all of the pain and suffering today, as he will do one day, what would we gain? We would have comfort for sure, but would we be better off?

Paul understood that it was in weakness that he experienced the strength and presence of God. It was in the suffering that he felt closest to Jesus. The world we live in is hostile to God and all that he represents, one day it will all be made right, the books balanced, and it will all make sense.

If we had no trials we might enjoy what this world offers, but miss the deeper blessings of God and eternity. “In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.” (1 Pet 1.6-7 NIV)

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  1. It is good to be reminded that good comes from the difficult things that happen to us. Thanks for the reminder that God is always in control no matter what……..


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