I’ve been thinking a bit about suffering and how God uses it in a Christians’ life.
Did you know that there are actually some pretty sweet things we can experience when we suffer or go through a trial as a Christian!? God is so good! Even when we are hurting there is so much good to be found in Him! And he has plans and a reason for us while we are in each hard season.
I have come up with five things that suffering does for us as Christians that is actually good and something we praise God for.
1. Suffering refines our faith like gold.
“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” James 1:2-4
“In this, you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 1:6-7
2. Those who stay steadfast under suffering will receive a great reward.
“Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.” James 1:12
3. Suffering means that our “Father” God is treating us as sons.
“It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons.” Hebrews 12:7-8
4. Suffering allows us to share in God’s Holiness.
“For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness. For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.” Hebrews 12:10-11
5. Suffering produces perseverance, character, and hope in us.
“Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope.” Romans 5:3-4