Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Is Suffering Helpful, or Harmful?

  • Suffering is helpful when:
    • We turn to God for understanding, endurance, and deliverance.
    • We ask God important questions we might not take time to think about in our normal routine.
    • We are prepared by it to identify with and comfort others who suffer.
    • We are ready to learn from a Trustworthy God.
    • We realize we can identify with what Christ suffered on the cross for us.
    • We are sensitized to the amount of suffering in the world.
  • Suffering is harmful when:
    • We become hardened and reject God.
    • We refuse to ask questions and miss any lessons that might be good for us.
    • We allow it to make us self-centered and selfish.
    • We withdraw from the help others can give.
    • We reject the fact that God can bring good out of calamity.
    • We accuse God of being unjust and perhaps lead others to reject Him.
    • We refuse to be open to any changes in our lives.

* This excerpt is from the NIV - Life Application Study Bible by Zondervan

Tomorrow: How Can Our Suffering be a Choice?

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