Why must there be disease and death?


Why must the innocent suffer?


Why are the innocent victimized?


Why must there be heartache and disappointment?


 Why do the wicked prosper, while the righteous take such 


a beating?


  How are we to respond to suffering?


  What do we do, and how do we respond when suffering 


strikes our family?


Is there any way we can "Learn" what to do about 


suffering?


 How can we help those who are suffering?


Is there purpose in pain?


Is there any escape?


Where is God in all of this suffering? 


Will there ever be a way out of this confusion?


Where and when can we see the fulfillment of our heart's 


desire?


Are we doomed to just suffer, and live as "Sufferers?"


These are questions that countless individuals  have 


wrestled with... and tried to figure out.


Troubles, trials, and tragedies have touched us all, and no 


one is immune from the pressures of life or suffering.

Our suffering in life can be a potent jolt in making us 


more discerning and progressive. Suffering can be part of 


the ways of God's working with us for our own 


development and to bring us to a knowledge of Himself

God uses even the most painful 


suffering for good.

One might ask... 


How can a just God allow such things to happen? How it 


is that God, who loves us so much, should allow suffering 


to come into our homes?


As it goes... sadness is a part of our journey.

Sometimes we feel completely alone when we are 


suffering. We feel helpless and useless. When we need 


God, the most, sometimes we feel that God is not there.  



We may feel at times as if God is unfair and harsh, but He 


is a God of Love who permits things in our life that are 


temporarily very painful so that His eternal purposes may 


be worked out.

Let us always remember and never forget: 


The Cross precedes the 



Crown.

When we look back on life, often, our trials and


 tribulations come most easily to our memory.


Those times when everything moved along easily


tend to fade into relative insignificance.

Our education is never completed. It is necessary for us to 


prepare for what life has to teach us by being open to the 


lessons in everything we do and experience. Some of the 


hard, disappointing, painful, and difficult experiences I 


have gone through... have become extremely important 


and valuable life lessons and character building  I would 


not have learned any other way. 


These meaningful and worthwhile experiences, 


although painful, have and are richly educating and 


enriching my life. They have proven to be extremely


 useful and relatable to anyone who needs to change their 


direction while they can, a reminder of what is important 


in life, Who we should put our trust in, and Who we can 


always depend on.


We believe some of the richest, fullest, and most fruitful 


lives are those lives that have been in the crucible of 


testing and tribulation.

When human support or material help of any kind is 


removed, that is when God's power can become operative. 


We believe the entire universe is God's garden, and God 


desires for His garden to grow, mature, and produce.


We believe the Master Gardener, cuts off every branch in 


us, whether the branch is a person, place, or thing,


that bears no fruit... or stagnates our growth in Him.


No one on this earth is immune from all of the different 


kinds of pain and suffering that can come our way in this 


life. At times, a certain amount of pain and suffering


is what God will use to help shape, mold, and transform 


us.

Each of us has, more than likely, had a loved one die,


been the victim of a crime, lived among or been exposed 


to the poverty-stricken, or in some way been confronted 


with the reality of suffering.


We all have stories of suffering, and these encounters 


come in many different forms... affecting countless people 


in numerous ways.


Think about it:


There are sudden accidents, disabilities, natural disasters, 


life-threatening hardships... like a terminal illness, a 


marriage could be failing, a child could have broken a 


parent's heart or vice versa, one could have just lost their 


job and now find themselves in a financial disaster... 


barely making it, one could be frightened, lonely, 


misunderstood, or depressed.


God allows us to suffer for various reasons. 


Sometimes it takes difficulties, hardships, pain, loss, 


tragedies, accidents, family or health issues


 to get our attention.


Sometimes God allows these things to enter a life in order 


for one to detach from all else...


and look to Him. 



Sometimes God puts us on our backs... 


so there's nowhere else to look, 


except up.

Tragedies, sorrows, and sufferings can be blessings in 


disguise.


As painful as many of the hard knocks have been... many 


of the painful situations I have gone through have been


 great groomers and pruners. 

Whether we are innocent victims or we bear partial 


responsibility, we still naturally wonder... "Why is life so 


difficult?"

Even when suffering comes to those who are innocent,


there may be the possibility 


of greater good within that suffering. 


We need a pure heart to see the hand 


of God, to feel the hand of God, to 


recognize the gift of God in our 


suffering. 

Innocent suffering 


is the same as the suffering of Jesus.


God knows exactly where we are in 


life. He knows, sees, cares, and 


controls all.

What right have we, as Believers, to expect that we will 


be exempt from trials and tribulations?


Jesus endured the cross.



He suffered, and so will we.

The more fruitful our lives... the more 


God will cultivate us.


For the Believer, there is nothing strange about 


suffering.


May we endure whatever it is we are facing, and 


"Rejoice inasmuch as we participate


 in the sufferings of Christ, so that we 


may be overjoyed... when His glory is 


revealed."

God will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous 


blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of 


despair. In their righteousness, they will be called great 


oaks that God has planted for His own Glory.


Isaiah 61:3

We must face the undeniable fact that Believers do suffer.


According to many verses in the New Testament,


Believers will suffer in this world...


 that's a fact of life.

Suffering can be very painful. To suffer is to be 


challenged on many levels. Whether the suffering is 


physical, spiritual, emotional, or psychological... the 


purpose of our suffering should be 


seen as... 


an opportunity for our growth.

No matter what we may be facing in life, 


God promises to use all things for good.

According to Scripture...


testing, trial, suffering, and chastening are God's way of 


purifying, cleansing, and conforming us to the image of 


His Son, Jesus.

 


When insulted for the Name of Christ... we can consider 


ourselves blessed. Those who live a godly life in Christ 


will be persecuted... so don’t think it’s strange and it’s 


unique to you alone.


What then does it mean to 


“Share in His sufferings”?


To share in Jesus' suffering refers to suffering persecution,


opposition, and hardship.

Jesus didn’t remain in the grave. He triumphed over sin 


and death. Jesus humbled Himself by becoming obedient 


to death – even death on a cross!


Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place and 


gave Him the Name that is above every name, that at the 


Name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on 


earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge 


that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” 


(Philippians 2:8-11) 


Since God was able to bring about such a glorious 


outcome from Jesus’ suffering, we should trust God to 


take care of us.


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Awesome!!  We complain about the cross we bear but don't  realize 
it is preparing us for the dip in  the road that God can see and we  can't.
 

Whatever your cross, whatever your  pain,
 
there will always be sunshine, after  the rain....
 

Perhaps you may stumble,  perhaps even fall;
 
But God's always ready, to  answer your call....
 

He knows every  heartache, sees every tear,
 
a word from His  lips, can calm every fear...
 

Your sorrows  may linger, throughout the night,
 
But  suddenly vanish, dawn's early  light...
 

The Savior is waiting, somewhere  above,
 
to give you His grace, and send you  His love...
 
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Awesome!!  We complain about the cross we bear but don't  realize 
it is preparing us for the dip in  the road that God can see and we  can't.
 

Whatever your cross, whatever your  pain,
 
there will always be sunshine, after  the rain....
 

Perhaps you may stumble,  perhaps even fall;
 
But God's always ready, to  answer your call....
 

He knows every  heartache, sees every tear,
 
a word from His  lips, can calm every fear...
 

Your sorrows  may linger, throughout the night,
 
But  suddenly vanish, dawn's early  light...
 

The Savior is waiting, somewhere  above,
 
to give you His grace, and send you  His love...
 
the fact or power of enduring or bearing pain, hardships, etc.
2.the ability or strength to continue or last, esp. despite fatigue, stress, or other adverse conditions; 

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