Suffering—A Blessing in Disguise?

Suffering—A Blessing in Disguise?

God comforts and strengthens us in our suffering.

John 14:18: I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.

1 Corinthians 10:13: No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.

1 Peter 5:10: But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.

Suffering can teach us important lessons.

Job 23:10: But He knows the way that I take; when He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold.

Romans 5:3–4: And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; 4 and perseverance, character; and character, hope.

Suffering gives us compassion for others.

2 Corinthians 1:4: Who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.

We should adopt a positive attitude toward suffering.

John 16:33: These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.

Romans 8:28: And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

1 Thessalonians 5:18: In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

The Lord promises to deliver us from our suffering.

Psalm 30:5: For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.

Psalm 34:19: Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.

There will be no suffering in the world to come.

Revelation 21:4: And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.

Romans 8:18: For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

In heaven we’ll understand why we’ve suffered on earth.

1 Corinthians 13:12: For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.

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