Monday, September 12, 2016

CAN SUFFERING BE GOOD?



"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation." 2 Corinthians 1:3–4
"We often don’t pause to consider that God can turn the evil of suffering into a lesson for good, a lesson we can use to grow spiritually. Sometimes suffering in the form of persecution comes simply because we do not want to compromise our faithfulness to the Lord. Many other times it is merely the common pain, hardship, disease, and conflicts resulting from sin’s corruption of the world."
"Sometimes, however, God does bring suffering as a means to discipline us when we fall into a pattern of sin. That’s what happened to Ananias and Sapphira in the early church (see Acts 5:1–11). 
Similarly, God punished some members of the Corinthian church for their flagrant sins (1 Cor. 11:29–30)."
"Whatever the case, you do not have to view suffering as bad. It can teach you kindness, sympathy, humility, compassion, patience, and gentleness. Most important, God can use suffering in unique ways to draw you closer to Him."
MacArthur, J. (2001). Truth for today : a daily touch of God’s grace (p. 277). Nashville, Tenn.: J. Countryman. www.gty.org