About Suffering

One final post from the Wiersbe book:

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1)- Suffering and love are not incompatible.

In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins

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2)- Suffering is not always punishment for sins.

He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.

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3)- Suffering can accomplish purposes for others.

“She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”

If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.

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4)- Suffering in God’s will always leads to glory.

FROM THE CROSS: SEVEN REMARKABLE STATEMENTS

FORGIVENESS

And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”

SELFLESSNESS

And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”

RESPONSIBILITY

When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.

COMMUNION WITH GOD

Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

PROVISION FOR OTHERS TO MINISTER

After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), “I thirst.”

OUR SUFFERING IS NOT IN VAIN

When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

SUFFERING DOES NOT LAST FOREVER; WE ARE IN THE FATHER’S HANDS

Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!”

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5)- Suffering demands that we surrender to God.

“While angry resistance may be a normal response to pain and loss, we dare not maintain that attitude, or we will only destroy ourselves and rob ourselves of the enrichment God has planned for us.”

 

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