A Reason to Suffer

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Scripture Reference:  1 Peter 4:12-19

Have you ever asked yourself the question, "Why do good people suffer and the wicked prosper?"  Though today's passage doesn't completely answer that question it does give us a good context in which to understand the problem of human suffering.

Some suffering is inevitable and we should expect it.

  • Sometimes we suffer because of our Christianity.
  • Sometimes we suffer because of our sinful behavior.
  • Sometimes we suffer because of satanic attack.
  • Sometimes we suffer because we live in a fallen world.
  • Sometimes we suffer because God is disciplining us.

All suffering is purposeful and we should rejoice in it.

  • When you hurt you appreciate more deeply what Jesus endured.
  • When you hurt you have the opportunity to mature.
  • When you hurt your witness is multiplied.

Patient suffering is commendable and we should trust God's justice.

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