On suffering

Beauty found in suffering

 Today we are constantly bombarded with self-help books, prosperity gospel, and how-to guides for making your life better. To take away the loneliness, sadness, and the heartache that engulfs our society.

That is the wrong model of living. It is inherently wrong to deny any kind of suffering. If you do, then you will always be waiting for the next curve ball, to come around the corner and obliterate your tower of cards: perfectly arranged, yet perfectly fragile.

Life was not meant to be lived like this. We are meant to enjoy life, yes, and enjoy people, yes. In the bible, Jesus first miracle was turning water into wine at a wedding festival. Wine in the right environment and right amount, creates good cheer amongst friends and relatives.

However, there are also times of suffering. The bible talks about suffering in a different way though – not something to reject and drown in, but instead, something we might be overjoyed with. Why would we be overjoyed with suffering?

For the reason that we are sharing in the same trials, Our Beloved, Jesus, suffered through. Albeit different, but he did suffer, and so do we.

Let’s look at some scripture : 1 Peter 4: 12-13 “Dear friends don’t be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening to you. Instead, be very glad – for these trials make you partners with Christ in his suffering, so that you will have the wonderful joy of seeing his glory when it is revealed to all the world.”

I love that line, ‘for these trials make you partners with Christ in his suffering…’. That is good. It is encouraging to me. It gives me a different perspective and insight into the times when I suffer. Instead of asking ‘why, why me’, I can remember Christ suffered, and He made it through. We will share this time and I will make it through the fiery trial too.

Until next time,

Loie

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