Sunday, July 14, 2019

The Good in Suffering




The Good in Suffering

Buddhists wish to escape suffering to achieve Nirvana.
But Christians embrace suffering.
God tested the Israelites for forty years in the wilderness.
God the Father gives His Son - a suffering Christ, to save believers.

Christians are taught suffering produces endurance,
And endurance character and character hope
So suffering is a form of learning
And believers should take Christ as their model
For his yoke is easy and burden light

Christians have to be patient in suffering and persevere in prayer.
Some saints have prayed for suffering for redemptive purposes
Many civil rights leaders saw their goals could only be achieved through sacrifice, suffering, and struggle.
So suffering should be embraced for all sorts of development.
The best of us have known defeat, struggle, loss, and suffering.

Then there are those that are liberators
Who are able to free people from the bondage of poverty, deprivation, and discrimination
Nelson Mandela was driven by the struggles of black South Africans to become an anti-apartheid revolutionary.
So struggles can inspire people to rise to great heights and survive.
With suffering struggles would continue until there is victory for the equanimity of all men, women, and children.
“Eternal Spirit, help us with the struggles we face.  Help us to live and see them come to fruition.”
Amen



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