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Seven Reasons We Suffer

01. December 2013

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We live in a world of suffering. If we are going to be engaged in the world in which we live, we have to be experts in suffering. We must understand the nature and purposes of suffering, learn how to live with and through personal suffering, and know how to minister with love and compassion to those who are suffering.

There are all kinds of suffering. Perhaps you’ve experienced rejection by someone you’ve loved, grief over a death, regret and the consequences of sinful choices, abuse, the loss of a job, the hurt of a child’s rebellion, or disability, handicap, illness or other physical pain. No wonder that when Jesus looked at people He was moved with compassion. He saw that they were distressed and downcast, like sheep without a shepherd.

Yet we suffer because God has ordained and prescribed suffering. Romans 8:20 says the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it.

In the garden of Eden God said to the woman, “I will greatly multiply your pain in childbirth, in pain you will bring forth children.” To the man, He said, “In toil you will eat.…By the sweat of your face you will eat bread till you return to the ground.” And about Creation, He said, “Cursed is the ground because of you.…Both thorns and thistles it shall grow.”

The way was blocked to the tree of life, and death entered into the world. Consequently pain and suffering are the rule, not the exception.

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