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Reasons For Suffering - far from being immune to suffering, the Bible teaches that, as Christians, we should expect to suffer.  Scripture gives many reasons for suffering, some of which I have listed:

Chastisement

"For whom the LORD loveth He correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth." (Proverbs 3v12)

"That through them I may prove Israel, whether they will keep the way of the LORD to walk therein, as their fathers did keep it, or not." (Judges 2v22)

Testing/Purifying

"For Thou, O God, hast proved us: Thou hast tried us, as silver is tried." (Psalm 66v10)

"Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience ... Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love Him."  (James 1v3 & 12)

"Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: Whom having not seen, ye love." (1 Peter 1v6-8a)

"And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope." (Romans 5v3-4)

To Become More Dependent On God

"Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now have I kept Thy word."  (Psalm 119v67)

"Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For Thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter." (Romans 8v35-36)

BUT

"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose. For Whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren ." (Romans 8v28-29)

"And He said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for My strength is made perfect in weakness."  (2 Corinthians 12v9)

"I can do all things through Christ Which strengtheneth me."  (Philippians 4v13)

"Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 8v37-39)

The sufferings of Christians should always make them develop a stronger dependence on God and a more Christ-like character - "Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby." (Hebrews 12v11)

Although we face suffering and the effects of a fallen world here on earth, we have hope.  We know that a time is coming when "God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away." (Revelation 21v4)  Hallelujah!

"There is comfort for the bereft soul, for the sore stricken spirit, and for those who in their bodies are bearing the burdens of weakness, and disease and suffering - the comfort that when Jesus comes we shall enter into the completeness of redemption won for us on Calvary."    (J Russell Howden)

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