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Posted at May 21, 2015 by

A mother buries the child she loves. A hardworking husband loses his job. A family goes hungry. All of these scenarios beg the same question: If God is good, why do we suffer?

For some—including many Christians today—suffering is a sign of God’s absence or anger. For others, it is a sign of Satan’s attack. But what does the Bible reveal about suffering? And how did those in the early church interpret their suffering?

Rather than try to avoid suffering or pray it away, the Apostles Paul, James, and Peter all taught that we are to rejoice in the promise that God uses painful experiences to shape us in important ways. But this is a tough lesson.

The Apostle Paul puts it this way: We rejoice in suffering, not because we take pleasure in suffering (Christians are not masochists) but because “we know that suffering produces perseverance; and perseverance [produces] character; and character, hope” (Romans 5:3–5). When we think several moves ahead, beyond our present suffering, we can live in hope—and hope is cause for rejoicing.

 
 

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