Why Must Christians Suffer?

As I was reading last night in 2 Corinthians 4:7-18 I was cut to the heart by God’s words about why we, who are believers in Jesus Christ, are to suffer on this side of heaven. Here are just a few thoughts I jotted down that may encourage you as you face trials and difficulties throughout this life.

Why do we suffer?

  • To prove that the power we hold in Christ does not initiate from our own will but belongs to God.
  • To prove the steadfastness of God’s love for His people. We are afflicted but not crushed, persecuted but not forsaken, struck down but not destroyed.
  • To associate ourselves and our souls with the suffering and death of Christ that we might in turn associate ourselves with His life and the life He gives.
  • So that  in pouring out ourselves for the sake of those called by God, the life found in Christ would live in them.
  • So that the grace of God would extend to more and more people for the purpose of increasing worship to the glory of God.
  • So that we would be prepared for eternal glory.
  • So that we would not place our hope in the temporal things of this world but to the eternal, unseen things in the world to come.

I was humbled by this passage. How often do I groan and complain about the momentary afflictions of this life? These things are to my benefit, and better than that, to the betterment of the whole body of Christ!

Oh that in every affliction I would praise the One who has set tribulation before me to prepare His bride for His wedding day!

I encourage you to check out the actual scripture. This post is merely my feeble attempt to distill God’s holy word into a list that my limited mind can digest. His words have been, continue to be, and will forever be far superior to mine.

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