Suffering

  • Refines our faith – I Pet 1:6-7
  • Produces endurance and perseverance – Jas 1:3-4; Rom 5:3-4
  • Broadens our understanding of God’s sovereignty – Job 42:2-6
  • Forces us to depend on God’s strength – II Cor 12:7-10
  • Drives us to God’s word – Ps 119:105-120
  • Incites us to pray – Jas 1:5; Matt 14:30
  • Enables us to imitate Christ – I Pet 2:18-25
  • Fosters intimacy with Christ – Phil 3:7-11
  • Turns our focus toward eternity – I Thess 1:3-10
  • Turns us back to God – Jonah
  • Disciplines us – Prov 3:11-12; Heb 12:5-11
  • Humbles us – II Cor 12:7-10
  • Overwhelms the world’s answers – Job; Lam 3:19-25
  • Demonstrates that our faith and love are real – Job 1-2
  • Prepares us to comfort others who are suffering – II Cor 1:3-4
  • Pales in comparison to eternal glory – I Pet 4:12-19; Rom 8:16-18

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