SUFFERING: A COMPASS TO WHOLENESS

James 1:2-4 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face TRIALS OF MANY KINDS, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be MATURE and COMPLETE, not lacking anything.

A COMPASS according to Wikipedia is a NAVIGATIONAL INSTRUMENT for determining direction relative to Earth’s magnetic poles.

Suffering for a Christian also works in the same way as the compass. I have heard this question asked over and over again. WHY DO GOOD PEOPLE SUFFER? Or, IS IT NECESSARY FOR A CHILD OF GOD TO GO THROUGH SUFFERING? Before I answer these questions let me put the record straight. SUFFERING is a part and parcel of our everyday life…e.i for the unbeliever and the believer alike.

Psalm 90:10 The length of our days is seventy years or eighty, if we have the strength; yet their span is but TROUBLE AND SORROW for they quickly pass, and we fly away.

But here is the difference. For a believer, suffering is a means to an end and not the end itself. Like the above scripture puts it….trials of many kinds will come to test our faith. And when we have endured suffering, it produces in us, MATURE CHARACTER and makes us COMPLETE or in other words, gives us WHOLENESS! Hence, good people or the child of God will endured suffering because, we live in a fallen world, and secondly God allows us to suffer so that we may also share in the sufferings of Christ and in turn, we will be glorified in Him.

Below are just but a few scripture verses that talk about suffering;

Isaiah 53:3 He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and FAMILIAR WITH SUFFERING. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

Hebrew 5:8 Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he SUFFERED.

Matthew 5:10 Blessed are those who are PERSECUTED for righteousness for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

2 Corinthians 4:8-10, 17 We are HARD PRESSED on every side, but crushed; PERPLEXED, but not in despair; PERSECUTED, but not abandoned; STRUCK DOWN, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body THE DEATH OF JESUS, so that THE LIFE OF JESUS may also be revealed in our body. For our LIGHT and MOMENTARILY TROUBLES are achieving for us AN ETERNAL GLORY that far outweighs them all.

2 Timothy 2:3, 12 Endure HARDSHIP with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. If we endure, we will also reign with him. If we disown him, he will also disown us;

2 Corinthians 11:23 -26 Are they servants of Christ? (I am out of my mind to talk like this.) I am more. I have worked much harder, been in PRISON more frequently, been FLOGGED more severely, and been EXPOSED to death again and again. Five times I receive from the Jews FORTY LASHES minus one. Three times I was BEATEN with rods, once I was STONED, three times I was SHIPWRECKED, I spent a night and day in the open sea. I have been constantly on the move I have been in danger from RIVERS, in danger from BANDITS, in danger from my OWN COUNTRYMEN, in danger from the GENTILES; in danger in the CITY, in danger in the COUNTRY, in danger at SEA; and in danger from FALSE BROTHERS.

Hebrew 12:2-3 Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him ENDURED THE CROSS, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him WHO ENDURED SUCH OPPOSITION from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

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5 thoughts on “SUFFERING: A COMPASS TO WHOLENESS

  1. Gladwell,

    I too was surprised to read the same thought in your blog…Holy Spirit works in amazing ways….and I believe that He wanted to stregthen us in that matter…I thank God for you..

    God Bless You,
    Rani John

    • Yes, Rani. God works in mysterious way and He wants us to know Him and make Him known through what we have endured and encountered in our own lives as a testimony. You are a blessing, my dear sister not only to me but to many out there!

      Love, Gladwell

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