A Christian’s View of Suffering

OK, so I’ve done a lot of blathering about suffering this week. What’s my point?

Suffering is part of life whether you believe the Gospel or not. Our job is not to try to fix people’s sufferings or cheer them up with banal platitudes, “Oh, don’t worry, everything will be fine.” You don’t know that.

Our job is to comfort, point people to the love of Christ and the consoling arms of grace.

Christ did not come the first time to remove our suffering; He came the first time to suffer with us. He came the first time to show us His love for us, to show us there is something bigger in life than what happens on this planet, to show us there is hope.

Suffering may be the result of your choices or your sin, figure it out and act accordingly. It may also be random acts of goofiness by the fallen world we live in. Suffering is here to point us to God, to show us the evil of sin and the wonders of God’s grace.

Suffering is not a problem to be fixed, but a reminder to pray and to seek Christ and set our affections on things above, not on things on earth.

We are fallen people on a fallen planet and suffering is the result. Get used to it. You’re going to suffer anyway, might as well suffer for Christ.

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