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WHY SUFFERING, Part 1, Intro
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I’m with you. There are always lessons woven into our suffering.
God is love and he in control. We should look for the lesson and accept it as soon as possible.
We are no theologians either but we have gone through suffering and I agree that God does not allow suffering without purpose. He does not step on our free will like satan does but He can, and does, take our suffering and work it into something beautiful. Some suffering, meant to harm and destroy, us can be turned into something redemptive if we bring the wounds to Him to heal. Other suffering, as what we went through, He allows to teach us how to depend on Him for everything. That is the faith building suffering of the wilderness.
We are by no means experts but we can say from what we have endured that there is a great blessing when we endure the same suffering Christ endured. When we put down our ‘self’ nature and have the Father form the image of His Son in us there is great blessing indeed.
My thoughts too; you have expressed them well. Thank you for taking the time to confirm confidence that God has a purpose when he allows us to go through sorrow and pain.
It is a hard lesson— but are not the best lessons the most difficult when learning??
Yes, and often the more stubborn we are, the more difficult the process. I don’t believe it is God’s choice to put us on the potter’s wheel, but when things are going well, we don’t change.
Yep, and I don’t much like it— but growth doesn’t come from my placid contentment
The Bible is full of illustrations of ‘suffering’. In this fallen world which is NOT our final home we can expect that ‘suffering’ will be a part of the life journey. It is indeed a hard lesson but necessary mainly for all who want to BE IN CONTROL of their lives. Surrender to the Potter’s Wheel does not come easily. I have personally said ‘this is not fair’. on many occasions. I believe that the one world SURRENDER is and has been the key to an ongoing life. dying to self. Surrendering to the ‘Higher’ ONE. Blessings and thank you for your blog.
Yes, I am considering the “surrender” aspect as a purpose for suffering just as you say. Haven’t quite figured a way to present it without being very politically incorrect! How do I show that surrendering to the Lord is not a negative matter. I makes me think of the bond servant in the OT who chose to stay with his master. That is the way to really be free. How can you help sinners know that truth?