No Christian in this world is immune to pain and suffering. Suffering and pain are common to all people in the world. God did not promise a life devoid of suffering for Christians, in this world.
As long as we are alive in this world, we have to face the trials that God allows in our lives. But, we don't have to face them alone. So, what is the purpose of Suffering as a Christian? Why does God allow pain and suffering in our lives?
Here are a few reasons God allows suffering.
Many times, God allows suffering in our lives to shape our character and make us more like Him.
We are made free by the Grace of God. All things are permissible, but all things are not profitable.
Throughout our earthly life, our goal should be to become more of Christ and less of the world. Suffering makes you strong to face life battles.
Another purpose of suffering is to keep you focused on God and heavenly matters. God often drifts our attention from the carnal world to the heavenly matters that last for eternity, through our temporal sufferings and painful circumstances in this life.
It is good to remind ourselves that this is not our permanent home.
Someone who has gone through suffering and pain in an area of life should help and encourage fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, who are going through similar struggles. Since you have sailed in the same boat, you will be able to understand and help them better.
If you have developed a pattern of sin or addiction, God will often use your suffering for chastening you and changing you.
We often find ourselves closer to God during times of suffering than in times of refreshment. The Bible says that God is near to the brokenhearted. Oftentimes, we tend to forget God when life is going well. It is during troubled times that we seek God with all our heart, mind and soul.
Choose to stay close to God through prayer and meditation of God's Word. If you are going to only seek God during times of suffering, expect more unwanted troubles in life. God is zealous for His children. God loves His children so much, that He is more interested in the well being of our souls than our earthly happiness.
We are called to bear fruits worthy of our extremely high calling. Suffering produces fruits such as longsuffering, endurance, goodness and gentleness.
Christians need not and should not murmur like the unbelievers when we suffer for various reasons.
No matter our circumstances, we still have hope. Even on our deathbed, we have hope and a future.
When we live like believing that God will make all things work for our eternal good, the world probably notices it.
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