So much has been written already from the perspective of suffering Christians. We live in a painful world; there are plenty of cuts and bruises to go around. Yet each blow we take is disturbing. I’ve met so many who have been unfairly brutalized and must walk through mental or physical disabilities. Some things are just brutal.
A great deal of recovery is simply allowing ourselves to be comforted in the Spirit, and to understand the Word to see what is really taking place, when we are walloped by an especially intense attack.
We may not have this in our understanding, but suffering provides us with incredible advantages and blessings. The bruises which hurt us, can also bring us wisdom. We learn many things, but only when we hurt.
Suffering brings enormous benefits:
- Suffering verifies our faith (1 Pet. 1:6-7).
- Suffering confirms our sonship (Heb. 12:5-8).
- Suffering produces endurance (James 1:2-4; 1…
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